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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
The Chocolate Block
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16¼/20

The Chocolate Block 2017

Swartland, Coastal Region, South AfricaBoekenhoutskoof was established in 1776, and today is under the care of celebrated winemaker Marc Kent. 2017 is a blend of 64% syrah, 14% grenache, 11 cinsault, ten cabernet sauvignon and 1% viognier and is the third edition to originate in Swartland. The intensity is off the charts in this drought year, but Kent feels Swartland is better suited to deal with drought conditions and yields better quality fruit. There are still some sweet chocolate notes in the mix along with burnt earth, black cherries, and smoke. It’s a big red with power and just enough acidity to keep it going in the back end. A modern style syrah blend reminiscent of the south of France.Tasted: 22 July 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 40.99 BCLS Producer: BoekenhoutskloofDistributors: Univins and Spirits
Blend: Syrah - Grenache - CinsaultCSPC: 224774UPC: 746925001189