Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block, Franschhoek Valley, South Africa 2018-Red Wine-Vecinos Market

Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block, Franschhoek Valley, South Africa 2018

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The 2018 The Chocolate Block is sourced from the Goldmine and Porseleinberg farms, the Cabernet originating from Voor-Paaderberg, and matured for 16 months in used oak barrels. It offers generous black plum and black currant aromas, pressed rose petals and a touch of menthol. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, and much more structured than the vintages of old (as I have pointed out in previous reviews), displaying fennel, bay leaf and white pepper toward the finish. This feels long in the mouth. A classy Chocolate Block that treads a fine line between commercial and intellectual appeal.

92 Pts Vinous