Quoin Rock Wine Estate’s unique terroir has facilitated the creation of a range of exceptional Quoin Rock and Namysto wines. The release of their Vine Dried Sauvignon Blanc 2019 once again raises the bar with a sensational addition that can only be likened to liquid gold.
The winemaker’s tasting notes best describe this sublime release: “Aromas of dried pineapple and mango with roasted sweet spices all complement a fascinating and refreshing palate of apricot pips and honey.”
A phenomenal wine to end dinner with, the Vine Dried Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect companion to the stellar Quoin Rock range.
Ideally, served chilled at around 6-8 ̊C, it can also be enjoyed as an aperitif. Its character comes to the fore when paired as a complement to 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 whilst hanging on the vine.”
“This 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” he adds.
During the vinification process, “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.”
Right from the outset, Quoin Rock has demonstrated their quest to perfect every facet of this iconic estate. Their wins include achieving Double Gold for Namysto Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon at the Six Nations Wine Challenge; scooping three Golds at the 2019 Michaelangelo Wine & Spirit Awards; plus four World Luxury Restaurant Awards.
The estate’s Vine Dried Sauvignon Blanc is simply yet another triumph for the Gaiduk family.
Available at R350 per bottle. To place a direct order, shop online at www.quoinrock.co.za/shop