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.
Blend: Syrah (74%), Grenache (10%), Cinsault (8%), Cabernet Sauvignon (7%), Viognier (1%)
Awards: 93 Points - Tim Atkin
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