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2011 Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block Franschhoek
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90(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013

(69% shiraz, 14% grenache, 11% cabernet sauvignon, 5% cinsault and 1% viognier):  Good full medium red.  Highly aromatic nose melds blackberry, licorice, menthol and spicecake.  Sweet and supple but juicy and primary too, with harmonious acidity framing and intensifying the dark fruit and spice flavors.  A serious, youthfully aggressive midweight with substantial building, tongue-dusting tannins and a late note of balsamic nutty oak.  Already quite perfumed but in need of at least another year or two in the cellar to express itself.

88 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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