The Chocolate Block 2021 | Half Swartland, South Africa, 37.5cl
The Chocolate Block 2021 | Half
Swartland, South Africa, 37.5cl
The 2021 Chocolate Block is a blend of Syrah 73%; Grenache 11%; Cinsault 8%; Cabernet Sauvignon 7% and Viognier 1%. The 2020 harvest was preceded by an exceptional growing season which was built on the foundation of a cold 2019 winter – sufficient cold units meant perfect conditions for vine dormancy. In the spring, early and even bud-break caused homogenous shoot growth, leading to both uniform fruit set and steady ripening. Crucially though, the Swartland experienced a moderate summer and with the avoidance of spiking heatwaves, further extended the ripening period. The sum of these conditionsbode particularly well for flavour and acid retention in the wines.The nose is dark and brooding and entices with its black fruit aromas and hints of pepper and spice. The blueberry and blackberry of the nose follow through onto a layered, full palate with flavours of dark plums and notes of dust, graphite and cocoa nib. The wine is focused and elegant, with fresh yet integrated acidity and fine-grained tannins, adding to exceptional structure. Black currant and milk chocolate linger on a silky finish.
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