If you already didn’t know, we are here to tell you that 7th July marks the celebration of one of the greatest gifts given to us in the world. No, it is not wine, it is World Chocolate Day!
It is said that in 1550, Europe was the epicentre of the creation of chocolate. It is debated that Christopher Columbus was the first to introduce cocoa beans between the years of 1502 and 1504 too.
However, believe it or not, cocoa beans didn’t start their journey in 16th century Europe. The Aztecs and Mayans were the first known to use this ingredient. If you’re good at your history you already know the earliest Mayan settlements date around 1800 BC, and if history isn’t your strong point, then trust us by saying that it was a long time ago. They were one of the first to discover the joys of what cocoa beans can bring, mainly due to the climate they live in, as cocoa beans grew wild. For some time, they used this as a form of currency too!
In the years that cocoa was introduced in Europe, they weren’t as fortunate as us to drink it in the form of wine, it was primarily consumed as a ‘chocolate drink’. This wasn’t something common you would see in your everyday store; it was something deemed as fashionable and what only privileged people could afford.
We are sure you have some pretty good ideas on how to celebrate this joyous day. That being said, if you are looking for a slightly more unique way of enjoying chocolatey notes then we highly recommend trying Boekenhoutskloof’s Chocolate Block wine.
This wine is South Africa’s best-kept secret with its unique and extraordinary taste. It comes with no surprise that this is their most popular wine export. Boekenhoutskloof Western Cape is the mastermind behind this product, recently being crowned ‘Winery Of The Year 2020’ by the Platters Guide.
To much surprise, The Chocolate Block wine isn’t just your mundane ‘chocolate drink’ the Mayans had. It has brooding hints of perfumed dark fruit and tobacco rise from a palate of raspberry, red plum, blueberry, cherry and mocha. With unique expert blends of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
With the key element of the wine being Syrah (64%) it has been grown to perfection as they best thrive in South African heat. The flavour profile was able to be increased and enhanced as the ripeness was able to be achieved as they were harvested during the cooler stages of the harvest period. By having drought conditions, it can ensure that the berry concentrations are higher and healthier.
Grenache Noir and Syrah are the key ingredients for this product with the former helping to achieve the all-important unique chocolatey notes. The process of maturing the wine in 600ml barrels works to retain its fruity aromas and vibrancy.
Now that you’ve decided to treat yourself with the unique Chocolate Block wine, you may be asking yourself what meal should you prepare with it to achieve the best pairing and experience possible.
Braises and stews pair fantastically with Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block wine. We recommend slow-cooked roasts of pork or even lamb that will be a little bit fattier. For instance, lamb shoulder or shank.
Also, British pub classics will go wonderfully with the grenache notes in the Chocolate Block wine. The pub grub dishes that we recommend are sausage and mash or macaroni cheese. If you’re in the mood for a pie with your Chocolate Block wine, Shepherds Pie and Steak and Kidney is what we feel will achieve the best pairing.
Bring and create your own special meaning to World Chocolate Day this year with Boekenhoutskloof’s Chocolate Block wine.