Quoin Rock wine estate’s unique terroir has facilitated the creation of a range of exceptional Quoin Rock and Namysto wines. The release of this Stellenbosch estate’s Vine Dried Sauvignon Blanc 2019 once again raises the bar with a sensational addition that can only be likened to liquid gold.
The winemaker describes this sublime release as a wine with “aromas of dried pineapple and mango with roasted sweet spices which all complement a fascinating and refreshing palate of apricot pips and honey”.
Ideally served chilled at around 6-8 ̊C, it can also be enjoyed as an aperitif. Its character comes to the fore when paired with foie gras, fruit-based desserts and cheese, and can even be used as an ice-cream topping.
Viticulturist Nico Walters explains the meticulous and time-consuming process the vineyard team use to ensure that the desired end result is achieved: “Our Vine Dried Sauvignon Blanc is made in a rather unique way. Each individual grape bunch is pinched at the stalk to stop the flow of water and nutrients. This process causes the bunches to dry while hanging on the vine.
“This process takes approximately one month and results in a bunch filled with flavour and sugar. This method is applied to one particular sauvignon blanc vineyard, selected because of its exposure to the sun which contributes the rich tropical flavours.”
During the vinification process the whole-bunch grapes were cold-soaked for 12 hours, then pressed-off to holding tanks and left to settle for two days. The clean juice was racked to old French oak barrels and inoculated with select yeast strains. Fermentation was stopped through filtration to achieve a certain sugar level. Maturation in old 225ℓ barrels lasted five months.
The Quoin Rock Vine Dried Sauvignon Blanc 2019 sells for R350 per bottle. To order online, visit www.quoinrock.co.za/shop.