91 points Anthony Mueller (Wine Advocate): "A blend of 69% Syrah, 13%Grenache, 9% Cinsault, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Viognier, the 2018 Chocolate Block begins with a delightfully expressive nose that bursts with red and black berry essence, chocolate ganache and seductive oak tones. Aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, dark cherry skin, dusty plum, black pepper, sweet tobacco and baked clay all sing in unison in the glass. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is expressive as it unpacks layers across the mid-palate, showing a beautifully balanced structure and chassis that holds its bold frame. Dusty flavors of bitter dark chocolate, black tea and dusty black raspberry sway with a mineral tension and oak essence on the long, lingering finish. This is absolutely delicious and is another successful Chocolate Block for the books. Well done! Drink: 2021-2034. (Feb 2021)"
90 points James Button (Decanter): "A blend of predominantly Syrah, with Grenache, Cinsault, Cabernet and a splash of Viognier, sourced from Swartland, Piekenierskloof, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, this wine is no shrinking violet and enjoys a loyal fanbase who expect it to deliver the big, smooth, rich - even chocolatey! - flavours it is known for. This latest vintage is more of the same, with violet-tinged black fruits alongside coffee, chocolate and some woody touches, balanced out by bright acidity. (Oct 2019)"
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