My first visit to Quoin Rock was on a perfect weather day and being surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery the Western Cape has on offer, it was special one.
The wines I tasted that day, The Nicobar, The Gary Player Red and others were a revelation – as was meeting the winemaker Carl van der Merwe whose wife that day was in labour with the birth of their child. Months later I tasted and was beguiled by the Sauvignon Blanc and their sublime MCC.
Great wines come from the slopes of the Simonsberg.
Now in its eleventh year, Quoin Rock boasts an aesthetically pleasing modern winery with a spectacular view over the mountains, a manor house and all the accoutrements of a working wine farm.
One of the earliest tasks the new owners undertook was to remove all virus infected vineyards and replace them, in the decomposed granite soils, with the finest plant material available. The area was originally known as Kleigat – a sign that there is a high content of red clay in the soils.
Now about 7 years old, these new vineyards consist of plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Viognier, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Mourvèdre and Sauvignon Blanc.
Quoin Rock owns vineyards in the southernmost vine growing region of Cape Agulhas, the coolest in terms of climate and fashion. Here Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot grow – in the benign and beneficial breezes blowing off the Southern oceans – producing fruit of special quality. The grapes are then shipped in refrigerated trucks in small crates to Quoin Rock winery in Stellenbosch for winemaker Carl van der Merwe to weave his magic.
Quoin Rock is very aware of its sensitive environment and use environmentally responsible farming methods to encourage and preserve the rich biodiversity of local fauna and flora.
In the cellar Carl practices careful techniques of minimal interference using natural yeasts found in the vineyards. No enzymes are used to help settle the wines – this occurs naturally by gravity. Natural acids are a component of the wine determined at the time of harvest. Minimal filtering is used and natural products are used for fining if necessary.
Wine tastings and sales take place from 09h00 – 17h00 seven days a week at both the Stellenbosch and Agulhas tasting rooms with the obvious exception of Christmas Day 25 December, Day of Goodwill 26 December, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
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Stellenbosch Winegrowing Region
Winemaker: Carl van der Merwe
Knorhoek Road, off R44 Stellenbosch 7700, Western Cape, South Africa.
Telephone 021-888 4740
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web www.quoinrock.com