Quoin Rock Cap Classique 3rd release

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QUOIN ROCK CAP CLASSIQUE 3RD RELEASE

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About

The Cape South Coast region is known for its cooler climate, oceanic breezes, lower potential soils and sufficient rainfall. Therefore this region is ideal for producing excellent Chardonnay and Pinot Noir based Cap Classiques.

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QUOIN ROCK CAP CLASSIQUE 3RD RELEASE

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Vintage

The Quoin Rock Cap Classique 3rd Release is a blend of 65% Pinot noir and 35% Chardonnay from the vintages of 2009 and 2010. Pristine climatic conditions during the spring of 2009 resulted in good flowering and berry-set, but windy conditions in 2010 resulted in lower yields. The ripening seasons in 2009 & 2010 were moderate with full ripeness being reached in the 1st week of February.

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viticulture

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. Grapes were harvested manually into small lug boxes.

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winemaking

Minimal interference and additions, along with wild fermentations ensured that the wine expressed the unique characteristics of the terroir. At the winery the grapes were chilled to 5-10 °C and pressed carefully according to the traditional whole bunch Champagne press cycle. Cuvee & tailles juice fractions were settled separately in tanks. Wild/natural alcoholic fermentation commenced in 5-10 year old 228L French oak barrels. The base wine was matured in barrels for 6 -12 months depending on the individual wine batches composing the final blend. Regular battonage was done during this maturation period. The 2nd fermentation in the bottles followed to give the wine its sparkle. This Cap Classique was bottle aged on the lees for a minimum of 18 months. The disgorgement-date differs in the same release. This disgorgement batch spent 3 years on the lees.

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the wine

Prominent notes of green apple, honey-oats biscuits and lime are supported by interesting mineral notes on the nose. The delicate mousse and tiny but persistent bubbles compliment the crisp, refreshing acidity and creamy, elegant finish in this brut style MCC.

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food pairing

Ideally served chilled at around 9˚C. This MCC is the perfect match with salmon tartare, oysters or sushi. Can be enjoyed at any time or occasion!

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aging potential

Quoin Rock Cap Classique will improve for 5 years from the date of disgorgement.

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analysis

Alcohol – 12.19 % vol; Residual Sugar – 6.0 g/l; Total Acidity 6.9 g/l; pH – 3.33; VA – 0.42

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production

1100 Cases