Nicobar

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About

“The Nicobar”, a Danish ship, which wrecked of Quoin Point, on the Cape South Coast in 1783, carried a precious cargo of copper plate money. This was the largest known treasure of its kind when it was discovered by unsuspecting fishermen in 1987. The Quoin Rock Nicobar 2011 is made of 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes, from a vineyard situated high on the slopes of Simonsberg Mountain range, in Stellenbosch. The Simonsberg region is known for its rich granite soils and moderate climate, which leads to the creation of intense and elegant wines.

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Vintage

Prime climatic conditions during the spring of 2011 resulted in good flowering and berry-set. The ripening seasons in Stellenbosch were warm and dry, leading to full ripeness being reached in the first week of February.

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viticulture

The use of trellised vineyards ensured sufficient sunlight and air circulation in the vine’s canopy and thus produced grapes with excellent flavour and intensity. The combination of oceanic breezes, and height above sea level made this a prime spot for the growth of Sauvignon Blanc vines. 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 in the early mornings.

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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 225L French oak barrels, of which 17% were 1st fill barrels. The fermentation lasted for 10 weeks and the wine matured to 10% through natural malo-lactic fermentation. In barrel maturation lasted for 9 months, with regular battonage being done throughout this period.

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the wine

On the nose, prominent, yet extraordinary, notes of blackcurrant and “khakibos” combine with passion fruit, pineapple, and grapefruit. A refreshing and mineral palate finishes elegantly with great mouth feel and even hints of white liquorice. This multi-faceted and elegant wine portrays exquisite balance between fruit, wood, acidity and body with a long lasting finish.

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food pairing

Ideally served chilled at around 15˚C. The Nicobar complements oysters, salmon tartare, lemon-herb chicken, sushi and summer sunsets.

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aging potential

Quoin Rock The Nicobar 2012 is drinking excellent now or can mature and develop for 8 years from vintage.

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analysis

Alcohol – 12.62%vol; Res. Sugar – 2.7 g/l; Total Acidity 6.4 g/l; pH – 3.32; VA – 0.43

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production

550 Cases

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Awards

2012 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show – Bronze
2012 Platter Wine Guide 4.5 Star
2012 Gold Veritas

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