Boekenhoutskloof - The Chocolate Block 2012
Boekenhoutskloof - The Chocolate Block 2012 (90 TSW)
Since we still can't enjoy real summer weather in the Netherlands, I open this powerhouse from South Africa.
Glad it is much better than 3 years ago.
A blend of Syrah (64%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%), Grenache Noir (14%), Cinsault (11%) and Viognier (1%).
The wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a dark inky purple color.
On the medium(+) nose aromas of ripe plums, raspberries and forest floor with hints of smoky meat, cedar, mint, cacao and black pepper.
On the palate dry, medium(++) bodied with medium acidity and medium well integrated tannins. Lots of black fruits, cacao, liquorice, vanilla and a long intense finish. Very well balanced and lots and fruit. Can age more but it is enjoyable right now.
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.
The producers says:
"The quest to understand the name of this wine and the wine itself is now the stuff of legend. 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"