The quest to understand the name of this wine and the wine itself is now the stuff of legend. While we are not about to reveal all, 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.

The make-up of this wine is tweaked from vintage to vintage to best reflect the season and the ancient vines of great character that are an integral part of the wine’s charm and personality.

The Chocolate Block 2022 marks our 21st vintage of this iconic wine and the first to fully utilise our
new OXOline system within the renovated Maturation Cellar at Helderberg Winery. Cold winter
conditions resulted in a slow start to the 2022 growing season with budding occurring 2-3 weeks later
than average. This delay continued throughout with late veraison. Frequent rain showers ensured lush
canopy growth which protected clusters from sporadic sunburn during the accelerated, hot December
conditions and the heat peaks experienced during January. This vintage showed lower-than-average
yields with fruit that was perfumed, aromatic and elegant with balanced tannins.

Boysenberry and dark cherry dominate an inviting nose, with gentle scents of violets and rose petals
and intriguing whiffs of exotic spice. The brambly black and red fruits of the nose follow through with
flavours of ripe plums, black currant, dried cranberries and blueberries. Slight hints of cured meat and
espresso add complexity to the round, silky mid-palate. The mouth-coating texture of dark milk
chocolate is balanced with fine, powdery tannins and fresh yet integrated acidity. The wine is
medium-bodied, lithe, and elegant with licorice and subtle hints of crushed coriander and black
cardamom lingering on a smooth, soft finish.

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