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About

Quoin Rock Syrah 2010 is a blend of 91% Syrah and 9% Mourvedre grapes from vineyards situated on the slopes of Simonsberg Mountain range in Stellenbosch. The Simonsberg region is known for its rich granite soils and moderate climate that leads to the creation of elegant wines with great depth and intensity.

Hot, windy and dry conditions during grape ripening combine to produce grape berries with thick skins, and wines with a high extract and excellent ageing ability.

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2010 Vintage

Extremely windy conditions during the spring of 2009 resulted in very bad flowering conditions and physical damage to the vine shoots. Consequently, the 2010 harvest was reduced by 40% on average. The ripening season in Stellenbosch was warm and dry, with full ripeness being reached in the 3-4th 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. Fungicides, pesticides, and herbicides were kept to a minimum while weeds were controlled manually. Our own farm-made compost was used as fertiliser and the 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 our terroir. The grapes were chilled overnight at the winery, where 85% of the grape bunches were de-stemmed and whole berries were moved into stainless steel tanks, while 15 % of the whole grape bunches were moved to tanks for a partial whole bunch fermentation. Wild/natural alcoholic fermentation commenced after 3-4 days and lasted for 1-2 weeks. Pump-overs were done twice per day to ensure optimum colour, flavour and tannin extraction. The wine was left to macerate in the skins for 2-3 weeks after the completion of fermentation and before pressing. The wine was then taken to barrel for malo-lactic fermentation and maturation. Maturation in barrel lasted 12 months, with 5% new French oak barrels used. The balance of wine was matured in 2nd and 3rd fill barrels and older.

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the wine

On the nose, spicy notes of liquorice, black pepper, coriander, and “fynbos” combine with fresh aromas of dark berries and butterscotch. The multi-layered and gripping palate is very well balanced and lingers, with hints of plums and meaty-savoury nuances.

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food pairing

Ideally served slightly chilled at 18-22˚C. This Syrah complements lamb, beef or rich venison dishes. This excellent food wine is also a great companion in front of the fire in the winter months.

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aging potential

Quoin Rock Syrah 2010 is drinking excellent now or can mature and develop for 6-10 years from vintage.

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analysis

Alcohol – 14.75 % vol.; Res. Sugar – 3.0 g/l; Total Acidity 5.5 g/l; pH – 3.67; VA – 0.75

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production

1100 Cases

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Award

2012 Decanter Wine Awards – Silver
2012 Veritas awards – Silver
2013 Platter Guide – 4.5 Star