Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block 2021
|Region||South Africa, Western Cape|
The 2021 Chocolate Block had been bottles a month before my visit. The Grenache and Cinsault plus part of the Syrah comes from Boekenhoutskloof's own vines and the remainder from purchased fruit. It undergoes whole berry fermentation and aged for 14 months in French barriques and two oak foudres. This has a much more refined and focused bouquet that the Chocolate Blocks of yore, brambly black fruit mixed with pencil lead and undergrowth. Impressive delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with powdery tannins,well judged acidity, quite structured and sappy towards the finish. Fine length.
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