2021 The Chocolate Block


Syrah and Cinsault were matured in a combination of seasoned 2,500L French oak foudres and barriques. Grenache was matured in seasoned 600L demi-muids. Cabernet Sauvignon was the only component aged in new French oak barriques. The elevage ranged between 12-14 months, depending on component and vineyard parcel. The fifth? A little splash of Viognier.

Syrah is the predominant variety and makes up 74% of the blend. The Grenache from bush vines on Porseleinberg is the quiet superstar of the blend, offering pure fruit brightness and texture. The extended hang times allowed for elegant Swartland Cabernet Sauvignon. The Viognier lifts the aromatics to great effect.

Tasting Note: By any measure, this is a showstopper of a wine! Intense blackberry, bramble, and lavender aromas. A powerful palate, with a lush compote of blueberries, ripe plums, blackcurrants and cherries. Cacao-powdery tannins, add texture and complexity.

Alcohol: 14.5%

Blend: Syrah (74%), Grenache (10%), Cinsault (8%), Cabernet Sauvignon (7%), Viognier (1%)

Awards: 93 Points - Tim Atkin

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93 Points: Tim Atkin


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The Chocolate Block is an iconic wine and the stuff of legend.

Year on year, the blend may change (though always with Rhône varietals at heart), but the style of the wine is a reflection of our belief that the Cape, with its Mediterranean climate, is eminently suited to blended reds.

With each vintage, the winemaking team works to best reflect the season and the ancient vines of great character that are an integral part of the wine’s charm and personality.

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