Quoin Rock Simonsberg Blend 2020

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The cultivars presented in our Simonsberg Blend 2020 can be found against the north-facing vineyards of Quoin Rock on the slopes of Simonsberg. The vines grow in granite-derived soils that sit atop thick shale, helping root development, vigorous growth and the expression of fruit. Although the vines get plenty of sun, they are cooled down by southern winds from the Atlantic Ocean, allowing the berries to fully develop their flavours.


We harvested the cultivars separately and, for fermentation, processed them into different stainless-steel tanks, French oak barrels, or concrete open casks. At first, punch downs were done up to five times per day before giving way to gentle pump-overs. The grapes were then left on their skins for 21 days of post-fermentation maceration before they were pressed. This was followed by malolactic barrel fermentation for optimal oak integration.


The different batches of wine were left to age in French oak barrels and concrete vessels for about 21 months before they were blended and bottled. The Simonsberg Blend 2020 was bottle-aged for two years before its release.


The 2020 blend presents aromas of dark red berries, plums, tobacco and toasty oak and a textured palate of cranberries, peppercorns and spice. The wine has a lingering, structured and velvety finish.


This wine pairs brilliantly with various meat dishes, such as braised lamb with a cranberry reduction, pepper-crusted steak, or plum-glazed duck breast.


Cultivar/s | Cabernet Sauvignon 39% | Shiraz 35% | Merlot 11% | Malbec 10% | Petit Verdot 4% | Viognier 1%
Vintage | 2020
Origin | Simonsberg Stellenbosch Harvested | March 2020
Bottled | 8 December 2021


Alcohol: 14.81% Residual Sugar: 2.2g/L Total Acidity: 5.8g/L pH: 3.55

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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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Our estates resonate with a deep-rooted passion for producing the finest wines, a love that's tangible in every sip and every encounter. Quoin Rock & Knorhoek is more than a destination; it's a journey into a world of premium winemaking, where each moment promises an unforgettable experience steeped in tradition, fervor, and elegance.