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The Chocolate Block 6000ml

Boekenhoutskloof, The Chocolate Block 6000ml 2017

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Notes

64% Syrah, plus 14% Grenache, 11% Cinsault, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Viognier

The 2017 Chocolate Block is undoubtedly the finest since its inception. It's the 3rd vintage produced from 100% Swartland fruit and has an added sense refinement and complexity. While produced in volume, we are delighted to offer a limited opportunity to get this Platters’ 5-star wine in 1,500ml, 3,000ml and 6,000ml bottles.

Large format bottles are ideal for maturing wine as they add years to the ageing potential. This is smart stuff so grab some while stocks last.

The Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block has been hugely successful in both international and local markets, whilst maintaining its sense of place and a high level of quality and consistency. The latest 2017 is the best yet. It is finely crafted and continues with the refinement that was first seen in the 2015 release.

Tasting notes:
'Remarkable quality & consistency from sizeable production, 2,057 barrels in 17. Mainly syrah (64%) with grenache (14%) from own vineyards; bought-in cab (new barriques, rest older oak), cinsaut & viognier, as in 16. Plush & generous but serious, with structure & underlying power for good few years cellaring.' – Platters Wine Guide 2019, 5*

'One of South Africa’s most successful brands, selling at a price that many producers can only dream of, this Syrah-based cuvée with Grenache, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier is smooth, youthful and floral, with Asian spices, bramble and blueberry fruit, some tannic backbone and the potential to age further in bottle. 2020-26.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 93/100

'The 2017 The Chocolate Block contains less Syrah than previous vintages: 64%, plus 14% Grenache, 11% Cinsault, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Viognier, the Cabernet being the only variety that saw new oak. It was matured 16 months in used oak. The important factor is that there is not much more fruit sourced from the estate’s vines in Porseleinberg and the Goldmine Vineyards. It has a very well defined bouquet of blackberry, raspberry coulis, crushed rose petals, hints of orange peel and minerals. This is much more detailed and classic in style than previous vintages.

The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, a fine bead of acidity, and quite saline and spicy in the mouth . The fresh, quite pure finish lingers in the mouth. This is a very impressive wine, to the point where I feel that 'The Chocolate Block' no longer reflects the style of the wine. It is a great achievement that this level of quality is achieved with 2057 barrels of wine. Bravo.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 92/100

Comments from the winemakers:
'We were so stoked to receive such a positive review from Neal. The 2017 The Chocolate Block is our 3rd vintage out of the Swartland. Older vines and a better understanding of how to elevate the drought conditions were to our advantage. As one of South Africa’s most celebrated brands, our decision to source all its components in the Swartland has manifest itself very positively. The purity of fruit in the Syrah from the Porseleinberg vineyard, combined with the spice of Goldmine has seen this cuvée mature into the sophisticated wine it now is. We had nearly 3000 barriques in our cellar to select from, of which the finest 2057 were eventually assembled after a few weeks of tasting by our team of oenologists. Our principles of no acidification, fining with egg whites and no use of new oak with Syrah contribute to the amazing textural qualities of this wine.' – Marc Kent, Managing Partner & Technical Director of Boekenhoutskloof

64% Syrah, plus 14% Grenache, 11% Cinsault, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Viognier

The 2017 Chocolate Block is undoubtedly the finest since its inception. It's the 3rd vintage produced from 100% Swartland fruit and has an added sense refinement and complexity. While produced in volume, we are delighted to offer a limited opportunity to get this Platters’ 5-star wine in 1,500ml, 3,000ml and 6,000ml bottles.

Large format bottles are ideal for maturing wine as they add years to the ageing potential. This is smart stuff so grab some while stocks last.

The Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block has been hugely successful in both international and local markets, whilst maintaining its sense of place and a high level of quality and consistency. The latest 2017 is the best yet. It is finely crafted and continues with the refinement that was first seen in the 2015 release.

Tasting notes:
'Remarkable quality & consistency from sizeable production, 2,057 barrels in 17. Mainly syrah (64%) with grenache (14%) from own vineyards; bought-in cab (new barriques, rest older oak), cinsaut & viognier, as in 16. Plush & generous but serious, with structure & underlying power for good few years cellaring.' – Platters Wine Guide 2019, 5*

'One of South Africa’s most successful brands, selling at a price that many producers can only dream of, this Syrah-based cuvée with Grenache, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier is smooth, youthful and floral, with Asian spices, bramble and blueberry fruit, some tannic backbone and the potential to age further in bottle. 2020-26.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 93/100

'The 2017 The Chocolate Block contains less Syrah than previous vintages: 64%, plus 14% Grenache, 11% Cinsault, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Viognier, the Cabernet being the only variety that saw new oak. It was matured 16 months in used oak. The important factor is that there is not much more fruit sourced from the estate’s vines in Porseleinberg and the Goldmine Vineyards. It has a very well defined bouquet of blackberry, raspberry coulis, crushed rose petals, hints of orange peel and minerals. This is much more detailed and classic in style than previous vintages.

The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, a fine bead of acidity, and quite saline and spicy in the mouth . The fresh, quite pure finish lingers in the mouth. This is a very impressive wine, to the point where I feel that 'The Chocolate Block' no longer reflects the style of the wine. It is a great achievement that this level of quality is achieved with 2057 barrels of wine. Bravo.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 92/100

Comments from the winemakers:
'We were so stoked to receive such a positive review from Neal. The 2017 The Chocolate Block is our 3rd vintage out of the Swartland. Older vines and a better understanding of how to elevate the drought conditions were to our advantage. As one of South Africa’s most celebrated brands, our decision to source all its components in the Swartland has manifest itself very positively. The purity of fruit in the Syrah from the Porseleinberg vineyard, combined with the spice of Goldmine has seen this cuvée mature into the sophisticated wine it now is. We had nearly 3000 barriques in our cellar to select from, of which the finest 2057 were eventually assembled after a few weeks of tasting by our team of oenologists. Our principles of no acidification, fining with egg whites and no use of new oak with Syrah contribute to the amazing textural qualities of this wine.' – Marc Kent, Managing Partner & Technical Director of Boekenhoutskloof

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PG 5*

Country

ZA

Region

Swartland

Style

Red

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