2018 Quoin Rock Chardonnay

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Type of Wine White
Country South Africa
Region Western Cape
Appellation Stellenbosch (Appellatie)
Winery Quoin Rock
Vintage 2018
Grape Chardonnay
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (12.5%)
Drink window 2021 - 2026
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Quoin Rock wines are born in the lush green vineyards of Stellenbosch and Quoin Point, near the southernmost tip of Africa. The Agulhas area where the Boskloof conservation farm is located and where pied buck, springbok, eland and zebra roam and this is the departure point from which some of our most distinctive wines of South Africa originate. This Chardonnay from Quoin Rock has many similarities with a Burgundy or a top chardonnay from Napa Valley. Not surprising since the winemaker Schalk Opperman enjoyed part of his training here.

In the glass, the Quoin Chardonnay is straw yellow with a hint of green. The Quoin Rock Chardonnay is youthful… energetic… lively. This is the first impression of this Chardonnay that further stimulates your senses with notes of ripe citrus and orange zest that give way with some waltz to aromas of vanilla and toasted brioche. On the palate the wine is very elegant, slightly creamy, full bodied and wonderfully balanced with aromas in the very long finish of citrus peel and a light buttery texture. Enjoy every sip of this beautifully balanced wine or pair it with most seafood dishes, crayfish with homemade mayonnaise.

Decanter 90 | Platter 4 1/2 Stars

ABOUT QUEOIN ROCK

Quoin Rock has deep, historical roots, but fate, passion, energy and vision have transformed the old winery. Under the inspiring leadership of the Gaiduk family, 2012 ushered in a new era. The family not only invested in the restoration of the 200-hectare estate, but also in a future in which visitors and guests would be captivated by the wines and gastronomy. Architect Julia Gaiduk created breathtaking design and interior. Denis, Julia, Patriarch Vitaly Gaiduk and their team have created a world class wine estate with a fine dining restaurant. They produce award-winning wines such as the Namysto range and the Quoin Rock range. Winemaker Schalk Opperman made the switch in 2020 to Quoin Rock, one of the best wine estates in Stellenbosch. Nestled in the foothills of the Simonsberg outside Stellenbosch, Quoin Rock Wine Estate was a natural choice for a winemaker of Opperman's caliber. Opperman was drawn to Quoin Rock's wine philosophy, infrastructure, resources and willingness to expand.
Opperman's passion for wine began at school, where he first began studying "the nectar of the Gods". At the end of 2005 he obtained his BSc degree in Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Stellenbosch. His journey through the wine world took him to some of South Africa's top producers and best wine farms. He also went further afield, to the well-known Sonoma wine region in California and Bordeaux in France, where he further developed his passion for Bordeaux varietals.

Vineyard for 2018 Quoin Rock Chardonnay

Quoin Rock has deep, historical roots, but fate, passion, energy and vision have transformed the ancient wine estate. Under the supervision of the Gaiduk family, 2012 marked a new era. The family invested not only in the restoration of the 200 ha estate, but in a future where visitors and guests are captivated by their experience.

As you approach the estate on a winding treetop road in the Knorhoek Valley, you're there! With the Simonsberg Mountains and acres of vineyards reshaping both your view and the view, yet, the estate keeps its full story a secret. It's a magical step-by-step revelation that changes with the seasons and time of day. In the months filled with the promise of summer, the driveway is an extended wall of pale pink roses, the ancient variety enjoyed in the Stellenbosch heat. And there are more varieties that color against the greens of the vineyard. Pink, cerise, scarlet, white, lilac, apricot and butter yellow... the passion of the family patriarch Vitaly Gaiduk for the rose - second only to exceptional wine - is evident everywhere. It's one of your first visual gifts upon arrival at Quoin Rock!

Quoin mainly produces Terroir wines. in other words almost all the work takes place mainly in the vineyard and the unique terroir. The wines offer a wide range of well-balanced, complex flavors that generate even more harmonics over time. good wine. Then it is the turn of the winemaker to create superior, well-balanced wines with complex flavors through a combination of natural alchemy and no chemistry. The Quoin Rock and Namysto wines are all gems.

Winemaker Schalk Opperman made the switch in 2020 to Quoin Rock, one of the best wine estates in Stellenbosch. Nestled in the foothills of the Simonsberg outside Stellenbosch, Quoin Rock Wine Estate was a natural choice for a winemaker of Opperman's caliber. Opperman was drawn to Quoin Rock's wine philosophy, infrastructure, resources and willingness to expand.
Opperman's passion for wine began at school, where he first began studying "the nectar of the Gods". At the end of 2005, he obtained his BSc degree in Viticulture and Oenology from Stellenbosch University. His journey through the wine world took him to some of South Africa's top producers and best wine farms. He also went further afield, to the well-known Sonoma wine region in California and Bordeaux in France, where he further developed his passion for Bordeaux varietals.

Opperman: "Terroir is known to play a major role in winemaking and the wines from this area are recognized worldwide, as proven once again by the recent 96/100 score at the International Wine and Spirits Competition for the 2015 Quoin Rock Red Blend.The team is energetic and dynamic with a great passion and like me they want to achieve great things and make this the best winery in Stellenbosch. You can't make good wine from bad grapes," says Opperman. High-quality grapes from the best vineyards allow the winemaker to create magic in the cellar. "That's my mission," Schalk said.

More Information
Type of Wine White
Country South Africa
Region Western Cape
Appellation Stellenbosch (Appellatie)
Winery Quoin Rock
Grape Chardonnay
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2018
Drinking as of 2021
Drinking till 2026
Alcohol % 12.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Tasting Profiles Dry, Fruity, Aged on wood, Round, White fruit
Drink moments Barbecue, Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Open haard, Voor alledag
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