The Chocolate Block
The quest to understand the name of this wine and the wine itself is now the stuff of legend.
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.
The Chocolate Block is a blend of:
Cabernet Sauvignon (8%)
Crystallum 'Peter Max' Pinot Noir
Crystallum is now one of the most highly regarded wineries in South Africa.
This is a wonderfully elegant and perfumed Pinot. The palate offers plenty of fruit while maintaining a wonderful vibrancy and freshness.Love this wine by the talented Peter-Allan Finlayson. VEGAN/VEGETARIAN
The wine has an intense, dark purple colour with a violet rim; bright and vivacious in the glass, youthful. The nose is expressive with powerful cassis, plum, exotic spice and hints of floral aromas. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied with intense flavours of crushed black fruit, cassis, vanilla and dark chocolate. The tannins are soft and silky, the acidity fresh, the flavour profile focused and linear. The wine has a persistent and long-lasting aftertaste.
Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, the dedication to quality winemaking continues under the guidance of 8th generation, Hannes Myburgh. Cellar Master, Chris Williams, who has worked on the estate since 1995 has been in charge of winemaking since 2004. The name Meerlust means “pleasure of the sea”, as the property is situated 5km from False Bay (and 15km south of Stellenbosch), with the cooling influence of the coast, allowing the grapes ripen slowly.
20% Cabernet Sauvignon
12% Cabernet Franc
11% Petit Verdot
Meerlust Rubicon 2016
The 2017 Rubicon is a classic vintage of this iconic Cape wine. Very deep, youthful colour, and intense almost purple hue. Quintessential Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood, fennel and intense spiciness. A typical liquorice note also evident on the nose. Still young and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured but packed with fresh dark fruit and rounded, linear tannins promising long beneficial maturation. A stand out vintage of Rubicon displaying all the charm of a perfect vintage from mature vines.
Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, the dedication to quality winemaking continues under the guidance of 8th generation, Hannes Myburgh. Cellar Master, Chris Williams has worked on the estate since 1995 and has been in charge of winemaking since 2004. The name Meerlust means “pleasure of the sea”, as the property is situated 5km from False Bay (and 15km south of Stellenbosch), where the cooling influence of the coast allows the grapes ripen slowly.
Newton Johnson Walker bay Pinot Noir
"Our Walker Bay Pinot Noir is the shadow of our best vineyards, bearing perhaps not the same
gravitas, but a level of quality and personality from Pinot Noir that is typically the Upper
Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. It is an Estate wine made from younger vines and vineyards on the
Over a decade of farming these vineyards have guided us in terms of their individual strengths
and limitations. The younger vines are from vineyards that could in time provide the best
quality of all, however at this stage they are more preoccupied with a flirtatious, fruit assertive
character with more complexity to come. The vineyards on the lower slopes grow with a little
more vigour as their accessibility to water and nutrients in the soil becomes easier. Depth of
flavour accumulates as you move up the slope with the decomposed Granite based soils playing
the common thread between all the vineyards."
T A S T I N G N O T E S
Youthful perfume with intricate spice and tertiary notes. Fresh violet petals, dark cherry and
grape stem spice play with the darker, more brooding and earthy characters of wood bark and
truffles. The silky tannin structure encompasses the ripe cherry succulence, with cranberries,
cinnamon and gentle acidity drifting in to the finish.
The main vineyard contingent to this wine lies mostly on the south -facing, mid slopes, but
includes lower parcels from the northern slope, in the porphyritic Granite soils of the Upper
Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. This appellation ranges from 4 to 8 km in proximity to the Atlantic
Ocean. The climate is cool and temperate, where parallel mountain ranges channel the southerly
oceangoing winds through the appellation during the summer. These southerly winds in turn
create regular sea mists and overcast conditions, moderating the temperatures in the valley. The
annual rainfall is 850mm, with 50% falling in the winter months (May – August).
KEERMONT SYRAH 2015 is a blend of three different Syrah vineyard sites growing on Keermont Vineyards: Steepside Syrah: Growing on a North facing slope in deep, red clay-rich soils; this vineyard generally produces powerful full bodied wines with rich, spicy flavours. Topside Syrah: An unirrigated west facing vineyard planted at 400m above sea level on rocky sandstone-based soil. Topside Syrah is usually a more aromatic wine with good structure and natural acid. Sweetwater Syrah: Situated in a rocky valley below the Fleurfontein spring, this is the coolest of the three Syrah sites and ripens the latest. Sweetwater Syrah is normally lighter and elegant in style with a herbal aroma. In certain vintages we may add a small percentage of Mourvèdre from the Steepside vineyard in order to bring another aspect to the tannin structure of the wine.
All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Small parcels of grapes are specifically selected according to ripeness, harvested by hand and vinified separately. This process is carried out gently and naturally in open top fermenters using traditional methods only. This wine spent 20 months maturing in seasoned 500 and 225 Litre French oak barrels before being bottled by hand without filtration on 3 December 2015. We produced 16432 bottles and 102 magnums
The Keermont Syrah 2015 has a bright strawberry red colour with a lighter hue. It has an enchanting bouquet of wild flowers, sweet cherries and an array of spices. The palate is elegant and focussed with a clean, linear acidity. It has an exciting cherry and plum flavour with notes of spice and earthiness. The tannins are vibrant and tight, and the wine has a long, succulent, herbal finish. Drink 2018-2028.
A cold, wet winter (as experienced in this vintage) is a good thing for the vine. It goes into full dormancy and wakes up well rested and ready for the season ahead. This was apparent with very even budding and strong, early growth during spring. From that point onwards, we experienced a very dry season. Growing conditions, however, were ideal with warm days and cool nights. This variation in temperature generally leads to good flavour and colour development in the berries and as a result we had a small crop with great quality. We had our earliest harvest yet starting on 23 January and finishing on 3 March and took 70 tons of grapes into the winery.
BLANKbottle, Little William
"In South Africa we have the luxury of mountains. These mountains separate desert from coastal areas and create valleys and different exposures - enabling grape growers the opportunity to grow a wide range of varietals in a very small area. One aspect of South African terroir that still needs to be explored fully is height above sea level. And this wine is a great example of what Shiraz at 750 m above sea level can do. The wine is named after my chance meeting with a little boy called William on the Witzenberg mountains. It’s been a fascinating story from the start, but became even more bizarre at the end of last year, with another chance meeting." Pieter H Walser