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The Chocolate Block Red 750ml 2014
Sku: 24898
Forward and floral, with enticing violet and peach notes backed by a slightly soft but alluring palate of blackberry and plum fruit. Perennially one of South Africa's best offerings.
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Product Information
Country: South Africa
Region: Coastal Region
Sub-Region: Paarl
Appellation: Franschhoek
Grape Varietal: Non-Varietal Red Blend
Type: Still wine
Reg. $34.49
On Sale $29.99
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Wine Advocate 88 points - The 2014 Chocolate Block Franschhoek will be the last vintage whose designation is Western Cape, as they can source sufficient fruit from Swartland. A blend of 73% Syrah, 12% Grenache, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cinsault and 1% Viognier, it has a more reserved bouquet compared to recent vintages, with tertiary/clayey scents infusing the red berried fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, quite saline on the entry with a dash of bell pepper on the finish.  (Nov 2015)

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Forward and floral, with enticing violet and peach notes backed by a slightly soft but alluring palate of blackberry and plum fruit. Perennially one of South Africa's best offerings.
Wine maker notes
The quest to understand the name of this wine and the wine itself is now the stuff of legend - it’s even launched a graphic novel (see here). While we are not about to reveal all, we can say that the style of the wine is a reflection of our belief that the Cape, with its Mediterranean climate, is eminently suited to blended reds. The make-up of this wine is tweaked from vintage to vintage to best reflect the season and the ancient vines of great character that are an integral part of the wine’s charm and personality.

Producer
Boekenhoutskloof was established in 1776. Located in the furthest corner of the beautiful Franschhoek valley, the farm’s name means ”ravine of the Boekenhout” (pronounced Book-n-Howed). Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for furniture making. In 1993 the farm and homestead was bought and restored and a new vineyard planting programme was established that now includes Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Semillon and Viognier.