"Viña Cobos once again leads the ranking of most exciting Argentine wines of 2020" Wine Spectator, Top 100 – Dec 2020
From Boekenhoutskloof Winery in Franschhoek, South Africa, we bring you the new vintage of Chocolate Block. This shipment is expected to sell out, and quickly, so don't "think about it".... The nose is a compote of dark fruit with an abundance of perfume and savoury whiffs of cured meat, black olives and cigar box.
*ARRIVES DECEMBER 2020* This wine honours long-time Shafer Winemaker Elias Fernandez and his relentless pursuit of quality. 86% Syrah, 14% Petite Sirah from a small ridgetop site along the Vaca Mountains, just south of Stags Leap District. It is aged for 30 months in 100% new French barrels (Troncais & Allier).
Albariño from a prestigious region of Galicia, tropical on the nose, with pineapple and passion fruit balanced by flowers and a juicy mouthful of apricot and mango.
Food Matching: It pairs perfectly with mussels, squid, octopus, also risottos and marinated or spiced fish.
A fresh bouquet of peach and apricot leading to a rich and full palate with a hint of lemony acidity. Clean and well balanced with a dry, concentrated finish.
Food Matching: From the Rais Baixas in northern Spain, this Albarino pairs brilliantly with local seafood fare. Locals try it with spiced Octopus Pinxtos.
Previous vintages have scored 92 points from Decanter Magazine.
Tasting Note: Bright and deep purple colour. Aromas of black fruits, reminiscent of fresh plums mixed with graphite notes. On the palate, the wine is balanced and energetic, with sweet and round tannins and long finish.
The 2016 gained huge praise having been awarded 100 points by Luis Gutierrez (Wine Advocate / Robertparker.com) and the 2017 has also been scored very highly getting 98 points, the top score from Luis for any wine coming from that vintage in Argentina.