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Chocolate Block

A South African vineyard from 1776

Chocolate Block

In 1776, a small farm called Boekenhoutskloof (which can be translated as ‘ravine of Beech trees’) was created in the Franschhoek valley.

In 1993, some wine-lovers purchased the land took on a plan to develop a vineyard that today is able to propose diverse varieties such as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Cabernet Franc, Sémillon, and Viognier. Marc Carter Kent is the chief winemaker and director. He is known for his unconventional methods of blending varieties and of the wine-making process in general. Today, Boekenhoutskloof is considered as one of the most beautiful South-African estates.

Since 2010, Mähler-Besse is the exclusive distributor of Boekenhoutskloof wines on the French market. To start, 3 vintages, reserved for traditional customers: Porcupine Ridge Syrah, Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc, and The Chocolate Block.

Is there chocolate inside? To answer this question, Marc Kent introduces his wine with humour: “For years, there were rumours of surprising methods in our wine cellars. Some said we added chocolate, other said spices… Even if surprising things can happen in our cellars when we celebrate the new year, for us chocolate is chocolate and wine is wine…”