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Boekenhoutskloof - The Chocolate Block - Paarl, South Africa

Boekenhoutskloof - The Chocolate Block - Paarl, South Africa

Producer Profile
These darn Germans and their fast-and-loose use of the Latin alphabet. Boekenhoutskloof means ‘ravine of the Boekenhout’ and a ‘Boekenhout’ is a type of Beech Tree. Beech Tree Ravine would be a perfectly acceptable winery name IMO. Anyway, some Germans started a winery in 1776 in South Africa… it’s now one of the benchmark wineries in the country as well as a leader in sustainability. The Chocolate Block is their yearly Syrah-based Rhone blend that incorporates a little Cab as well as a Northern Rhone staple, Viognier.

Tasting Notes
Cacao/dark chocolate, leather, black currant, cocoa nibs, and pomegranate. Very rich and textured with supple, well-balanced tannins. In the finish bramble, perfume, and cured meats linger. Low acid, lush tannin, very full body. Bruiser of a wine.

Pairing Suggestions
We could go with a juicy cut of steak here, but that’s no fun. I’m thinking cheeseburger (sharp cheddar) with caramelized onions and mushrooms. Barbeque sauce instead of ketchup. Cheese curds on the side.
Regular price $39.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $39.00 USD
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  • The region:

    Western Cape, South Africa

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  • The grapes:

    Syrah (Shiraz), Grenache (Garnacha), Cinsault, and Cabernet Sauvignon