Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block Swartland Red 2016



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The 2016 Chocolate Block is a blend of Syrah (79%), Grenache Noir (11%), Cabernet Sauvignon
(6%), Cinsault (3%) and Viognier (1%). Due to the looming drought conditions, yields were much
lower, resulting in higher berry concentration and healthier grapes. Phenolic ripeness was easily
achieved, with the harvesting of grapes taking place earlier, during the cooler stages of the harvest
period. The increased volume of Grenache Noir in the blend enhances the flavour profile significantly,
with Syrah being our structural backbone. The Grenache was matured in 600L barrels to retain its
unmistakable fruity aromas and vibrancy. The wine matures in 1st (all of the Cabernet Sauvignon),
2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels as well as 2500L French oak foudres for 16 months before it
undergoes a light egg-white fining and filtration.

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