The Salut! Wine Club

One of the finest makers of wine in South Africa, Boekenhoutskloof, creates 586 barrels of “The Chocolate Block” as a blend of Cab (16%) Syrah (55%), Grenache Noir (20%), Cinsault (5%) and Viognier (4%) for the 2007 vintage.  It is so-named for the fact that much of the vineyards where these grapes are sourced are surrounded by cocoa trees, gently wafting their cocoa pollen across the vineyards and onto the grapes to its eventual seepage into the vats of juice destined for these barrels.

chocolate_blockThere’s a lot of flavor here to go around, including spice, coffee, smoke, dark cherry and berry, cedar, and of course, chocolate.  The boldly big palate surrounds you with layers and leads you on a journey of discovering the different flavors you inevitably try to pair up with the unique grapes in the blend.  With a bit of decanting…maybe 20 minutes, the wine blends well and becomes smoother than the first sip.  Wait an hour, or set it up next to a thick cut of medium-rare grilled steak, and you’ll enjoy it even more.

People in the blogosphere have been raving about past vintages of this wine for years.  The newest release is no exception and is the best we’ve tasted since we opened, once again providing loads of great character for pairing with any hearty fare you see fit to pair it with.

This wine is available at Salut! Wine Co. for $39.99, or available to wine club members for only $33.99!

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Wine Info Links

Boekenhoutskloof – The winery’s website…I don’t recommend it.  It’s one of the most annoying, slow loading, loud and confusing sites I’ve visited!
About Cabernet Sauvignon at Wikipedia
About Cinsault at
About Grenache Noir at Wikipedia
About Syrah at
About Viognier at
The best info for S. Africa’s Wine Regions at
Some history and S. Africa region info at
View a complete presentation about S. African wines from WOSA.

Great Food Pairings

Port Cranberry Sauce
Sirloin Steaks with Onions & Blue Cheese
Grilled Leg of Lamb

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