Quoin Rock Shiraz 2018

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Our Shiraz grapes were harvested in March 2018 and then fermented in concrete open casks, some French oak barrels and stainless-steel tanks. For the first two-thirds of the fermentation period, we punched down the wine up to five times per day for optimal extraction, and for the remaining time, we did gentle pump-overs. We then left it on the skins for 21 days of post- fermentation maceration before pressing took place. Thereafter, malolactic fermentation took place in barrels for optimal oak integration.


The grapes for this wine came from Quoin Rock vineyards situated in the lower areas of the Simonsberg. In summer, the north-facing vines get lots of sun and heat but are tempered by cooling winds from the south. The Hutton and Clovelly soils drain well and promote vigorous growth with lots of fruit expression.


The Shiraz was left to age in 50% new French oak 225-litre and 500-litre barrels. After spending 22 months in barrels, the wine was blended and bottled, whereafter it spent four years in the bottle before being released.

This Rhône-style Shiraz showcases white pepper, plums and cassis on the nose that follow through with a rich textured pallet. The new oak plays a supportive role, adding hints of pencil shavings and oak spice, while still respecting and enhancing the fruit profile on the palate of this well-balanced wine. 


This wine will go well with creamy blue cheese, camembert and sharp cheddar. Otherwise, enjoy the Shiraz when you have a steak braai (barbeque) or a dark venison pie. The Quoin Rock Shiraz will also complement braised short ribs, venison medallions and lamb tagine. On its own, it expresses all the characters of Shiraz that lovers of this variety enjoy.


Cultivar/s | Shiraz 95% | Cabernet Sauvignon 5%

Vintage | 2018

Origin | Simonsberg Stellenbosch Harvested | March 2018

Bottled | 22 January 2020


Alcohol: 14.68% | Residual Sugar: 2.1g/L | Total Acidity: 6.2g/L | pH: 3.33

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At Quoin Rock & Knorhoek, the fusion of meticulous craftsmanship and cutting-edge innovation is evident in every bottle we produce. By seamlessly blending traditional techniques with modern advances, we remain at the pinnacle of viticultural excellence, ensuring our wines not only honor our rich heritage but also anticipate the future of winemaking.

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