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Sally Scarborough
27 March 2024 | Sally Scarborough

Wine and Chocolate matching

The best wine and chocolate matches from our favourite local chocolate shop.

The time for eating excessive amounts of chocolate is just around the corner, and so we thought what better way to celebrate this upcoming time than to spend part of our day this week to investigate that burning question that we all have these holidays – what chocolate best matches with what wine?

Well, this may not be a burning question for you, but we thought it would be fun to try and work it out and I can say that I didn’t have any shortage of staff volunteering to help me out with this one…

We decided that we would source some delicious local chocolates from Cocoa Nib which is located on Hermitage Rd.

So, firstly as a disclaimer, might I just say that we think that all chocolate and wine should be eaten and drunk together in whatever way might tickle your fancy, but, if you’re wanting to be a little more cerebral about it then let us guide you. 

Yellow Label Chardonnay with Caramelised White Chocolate with Orange and Hazelnuts (White): Creamy white chocolate combined with nutty citrus is the perfect complement for the butterscotch and stone fruit flavour profile of our Yellow Label Chardonnay.

Offshoot Chardonnay with Caramelised Popcorn & Pecan (Dark): The sweetness of the popcorn and pecans really contrasted with the fresh acidity of this new release Offshoot Chardonnay.

Offshoot Rosé with Red Berry Bark (White): The sweetness of the red berries in this white chocolate just helps to highlight the raspberry and rose petal characters of our delicious Offshoot Rosé.


Vintage Blend Pinot Noir with Raspberry & Peanut Crunch (Milk): This match with our Vintage Blend Pinot Noir was a bit of a no-brainer, the sweet little pops of freeze dried raspberries on the top of the chocolate created a really tasty synergy between the red berry fruit flavours of our ever popular Pinot Noir – it really set off the sweeter fruit characters and was frankly quite moorish.

Offshoot Red Blend with Blueberry & Coconut (Dark): This Merlot predominant blend works really well with the darkness of this chocolate. There is a real tannin dryness to this dark chocolate so the juiciness of this Red Blend contrasts really well and the hints of blueberry just brings it all together. This is one to try if you've got some our Offshoot Red Blend at home in your cellar, as this wine is currently sold out.

Black Label Shiraz with Sour Cherry & Coconut (Milk): This match was a real surprise. The Black Label Shiraz has lots of lovely stewed red stone fruits and spice - enter sour cherry. The sour really just elevates the flavours of this Shiraz and gives the palate a decidedly lingering length - so good.

'The Obsessive' Shiraz with Roasted Almond & Seasalt (Dark): The nutty oak characters in ‘The Obsessive’ Shiraz is the perfect accompaniment to the roasted almonds and the sprinkle of sea salt really takes it to next level. Could possibly have been the favourite chocolate and wine match of the day...

Late Harvest Semillon with Cranberry Coconut Butter Crunch (Milk): This chocolate was a real surprise to us. It has a delicious butter/toffee praline in between two layers of white chocolate and then topped with some cranberries and toasted coconut. This was delicious with our luscious Late Harvest Semillon.


So, all in all, we all decided that there is a such thing as a chocolate and wine matching, but we also think you should just enjoy a glass of wine and some quality Hunter Valley chocolates anytime you want, don’t just wait for Easter…


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