Hakuna matata! Moving on to South Africa.
We first sampled the Chocolate Block. I’ve had this wine a few times before, but it’s always been at a large wine tasting and by the time I tried it I couldn’t taste much so I’m not sure my initial thoughts of it were accurate.
When I looked up some background information on the wine, the winemaker’s website stated that this is a wine with secrets to keep. A graphic novel is about to debut and they wouldn’t divulge the meaning behind the name. A little odd, but okay. I do know that the grapes are from the Mediterranean Cape. This wine is a blend of 79% Syrah, 11% Grenache Noir, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cinsault and 1% Voignier. The nose and taste had a major spicy kick to it. A little bit of cedar and chocolate (ta-da, the name!) on the finish. Overall, a good wine, but the peppery spice was a little much for me.
We paired this with some African stew that had chickpeas and peanut butter in it with a hit of spice. Really good stuff!
Rating: 3.3 out of 5
The next wine is a Bordeaux blend that’s 39% Cabernet, 22% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot, 14% Malbec and 9% Petite Verdot. The grapes are grown from the mountains of Elgin (cool to know there’s lots of Elgins out there) to the area of Bottelary. I love the picture on the label. It reminds me of our English Springer Spaniels we had growing up. They were my dad’s faithful hunting companions for pheasant and quail so the name of the wine is perfect. It also tastes masculine like tobacco, moss and the smell of the woods after a rain. This wine might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I really liked it.
We paired this up with meatballs, but it would be great with grilled steak or lamb too.
Rating: 3.7 out of 5
Thank you Simba and Mark for hosting a fun evening filled with many laughs from That’s What She Said. I’m still laughing at some of those answers. 🙂