Chocolate Block Wines
2018 The Magnum
- Nobody knows why it's called Chocolate Block - fact!
- A blend of red varieties that is similar to the Rhone - with Syrah bieng the main grape - Shiraz to us southerners.
- 93/100 John Platter - a big hitter for the money.
The 2018 Chocolate Block is a blend of Syrah (69%), Grenache Noir (13%), Cinsault (9%), Cabernet Sauvignon (8%) and Viognier (1%). The nose is dense and brooding, yet opulent, with its compote of dark, ripe plums and blackberry and attractive whiffs of liquorice, violets, cocoa and mint. The black fruit and perfume of the nose follow through onto a rich, savoury palate with flavours of dark cherry, red currant, black olives and cured meat. The wine is full-bodied with a rich, smooth mouthfeel. The finish is charry and long, with hints of maraschino cherry, pimento olives and sweet tobacco.