Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block Red Blend 2016

Franschhoek, South Africa

750ml / 14.39% ABV

Blend: 79% Syrah, 11% Grenache, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cinsault, 1% Viognier. 

94 points Wine & Spirits

Since 2015, this blend has been sourced entirely from Swartland-grown fruit; this vintage leans heavily on syrah from the Porseleinberg and Goldmine vineyards (the same that contributed to Boekenhoutskloof’s terrific 2016 Syrah, also recommended in this issue). Grenache, cabernet sauvignon, cinsault and viognier make up 11 percent of the blend. The texture alone sets the wine apart, the firm, round tannins giving the wine the smooth, weightless heft of velvet; the flavors may go deep on dark fruit, but they expand to touch on notes of grilled plums, cocoa, violets and olive brine that arouse hunger. It is, in short, extremely delicious. You could open it now, or hold it another decade.

Natalie Maclean:

The Chocolate Block from Swartland wine region is consistently great. Savoury, delicious with its blackberry, cedar brush and smoky cedar brush flavours, this full-bodied red is a robust South African red wine blend of 79% Syrah, 11% Grenache Noir, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cinsault and 1% Viognier sourced from that wine region. Cedar smoke from oak aging and blackened fruit. It's savoury, complex and delicious: wow! Cassis, blackberry and cedar forest. Meaty and enticing, full-bodied wonderful with a concentrated weave of anise, cigar box, pepper and meaty notes. Extremely juicy and mouth-watering in a food-happy kind of way. Balanced and delicious: this is a terrific red to red if you're not familiar with South African wines, or even if you are. Nice long finish and a little bit of heat at almost 15% abv. Pair with a South African Bobotie.


The nose is exceptionally perfumed with an abundance of complex red and dark berry fruit, violets and intense aromas of white pepper. Dark brooding fruit follows through onto a structured, opulent palate with notes of cardamom, cumin, cloves and black pepper. The midpalate is rich, textured and balanced with integrated acidity, cocoa powdery tannins and a definite cedarwood character derived from French oak. White pepper lingers on a smooth, lifted finish.
Potjie, roast chicken Marbella, western BBQ chicken, vegetable chili.

Collections: Our Best Sellers, Red Wine

Type: Red Wine

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