Who could refuse anything with the word ‘chocolate’ in it’s title? In all seriousness though, it was the blend of The Chocolate Block 2012 that caught my attention.  This South African red wine is a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Cinsault, and a recent favourite Viognier. The wine-maker likens this wine to the best the Cape has to offer given the grapes were grown and sourced from differing regional terroir.

…we can say that the style of the wine is a reflection of our belief that the Cape, with its Mediterranean climate, is eminently suited to blended reds

On colour, The Chocolate Block 2012 holds a rich ruby-red hue.  On the nose, beautiful blackberry, black pepper and a floral bouquet is noted. On the palate, your initial experience will be one that meets herbs, blackberry and a sense of a leather like note, but your second and third sips will bring you to new heights. As this wine breathes, more of a red berry, fig and herb essence comes to centre stage.

The Chocolate Block works best with food.  We enjoyed this wine with flat-iron steak and coriander eggplant.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $39.95

We gave this wine a 3 out of 5