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BOEKENHOUTSKLOOF The Chocolate Block 2022 Bottle (Syrah,Grenache,Cinsault)

Red Still Wine | South Africa | Swartland | 75cl

£27.95 / £167.70 £159.32 case

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ABV: 14.5%
Size: 75cl
Closure Type: Cork
Country: South Africa
Region: Swartland
Wine Style: Medium Bodied
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah/Shiraz, Viognier

Description

The Boekenhoutskloof farm, first established in 1776, was purchased in 1993 by a group of seven investors led by Tim Rands, the founder of Vinimark, a large South African wine marketing and distribution company. Rands brought in Marc Kent as winemaker in 1996. Kent, just 26, had previously been on track to become a pilot in the South African Air Force (his only wine experience was as a waiter at the Black Marlin restaurant near Cape Point). Undeterred, he somehow managed to kick-off with a bang as the 1996 vintage received much acclaim. What could have been seen as beginner's luck was swiftly shown to be real skill with subsequent vintages, and now marks one of the benchmark South African wines. There aren’t many more sought after wines from South Africa than The Chocolate Block from Boekenhoutskloof.

JAMES SUCKLING **** Score: 91 Points
18 Oct, 2023 – Bay leaves, currants and violets on the nose with a touch of iron. It’s medium- to full-bodied, balanced and supple. I like the herb and peppercorn freshness. Blend of 77% syrah, 9% grenache, cinsault, 5% cabernet sauvignon and 1% viognier. Drink now.