Quoin Rock Chardonnay

you are here: wines > quoin rock chardonnay
quoin rock chardonnay

Order This Wine

About

The Chardonnay 2011 is a blend of 50% Cape Agulhas and 50% Stellenbosch grown grapes. The Cape Agulhas region is known for its cooler climate, oceanic breezes and lower potential soils. Therefore this region is ideal for producing excellent Chardonnay wines with great mineral and lime fruit characteristics.
Stellenbosch, with its moderate climate and deep granite soils, produces well-known Chardonnays with great body and structure. By combining grapes from these two regions in a blend, Quoin Rock created an interesting and well-balanced Chardonnay.

centaur-detail

quoin rock chardonnay

Order This Wine

2011 Vintage

Ideal climatic conditions during the spring of 2010 resulted in good flowering and berry-set in both regions. Rainy conditions during the 2011-ripening season in Cape Agulhas, lead to a decrease in yield and an increase in botrytis rot. The ripening seasons in Stellenbosch were warm and dry with full ripeness being reached in the 4th week of February.

quoin rock chardonnay

Order This Wine

viticulture

The use of trellised vineyards ensured sufficient sunlight and air circulation in the vine’s canopy and this resulted in excellent ripening conditions. Fungicides, pesticides and herbicides were kept to a minimum and weeds were controlled manually. Our own farm-made compost was used as fertiliser and the grapes were harvested manually into small lug boxes.

quoin rock chardonnay

Order This Wine

winemaking

Minimal interference and additions, paired with wild fermentations, ensured that the wine expressed the unique characteristics of our terroir. At the winery the grapes were chilled to 5-10 °C, and pressed carefully, according to the traditional whole bunch Champagne press cycle. The juice was settled in tanks and wild/natural alcoholic fermentation commenced in 228L French oak barrels, of which 22% were new barrels. The wine was matured in barrel for 9 months with regular battonage throughout the maturation period. Partial (50%) malo-lactic fermentation occurred due to the wine’s natural lactic acid bacteria, resulting in the soft creaminess of this vintage.

quoin rock chardonnay

Order This Wine

the wine

Fascinating mineral, popcorn, and light spicy notes support a prominent nose of orange blossom, pineapple, and lime zest. The creamy, yet refreshing palate is in great harmony with the wood, and concludes in a long lingering finish.

quoin rock chardonnay

Order This Wine

food pairing

Ideally served chilled at around 11-13˚C. This Chardonnay pairs excellent with prawn risotto, pork belly, and summer sunsets.

quoin rock chardonnay

Order This Wine

aging potential

The Quoin Rock Chardonnay 2011 is drinking excellent now or can mature and develop for 6-7 years from vintage.

quoin rock chardonnay

Order This Wine

analysis

Alcohol – 13.12 %vol; Res. Sugar – 3.5 g/l; Total Acidity 6.7 g/l; pH – 3.46; VA – 0.65

quoin rock chardonnay

Order This Wine

production

1100 Cases

quoin rock chardonnay

Order This Wine

Award

2012 Decanter World Wine Awards – Bronze
2013 Platter Guide – 4 Star
Classic FM Top 6 Chardonnay 2012