The Chocolate Block Shiraz, Boekenhoutskloof, Franschhoek 2019
Whilst I have enjoyed many vintages of The Chocolate Block previously, there is an approachability to the 2019 which I haven't come across before.
Most vintages require a decent time in the cellar to evolve as the grip and structure can often mask the fruit when youthful.
However this is not the case with 2019 release, straight off the bat you experience the depth and complexity which this wine has to offer, layer upon layer of flavour and a fantastic complex and lengthy finish.
Swathes of ripe, rich dark-berry fruit glide across the palate, plums, blackcurrant, dark cherry, brambly spice and a delicate hint of warming oak. Incredibly complex and elegant, the tannins are fine and precise with grip, but not overpowering, there's a great balance here of rich fruit, structure and freshness.
As with previous vintages this will of course develop further in bottle over the coming 5 years or more, but I have never before experienced such complexity and pure drinking enjoyment in such a youthful example, and it's very welcome. James Russell-Grant | Mr.Wheeler (Tasted 29th April 2021)
An exciting blend of five grape varieties, from innovative winemaker Marc Kent. Dominated by around 67% Syrah, the grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on Boukenhoutskloof's estate, fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak. An earthy, rustic nose gives up aromas of leather, earth and spices over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. Harmonious and powerful on the palate, with a cocoa and pepper complexity.
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