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Quoin Rock releases Black Series Méthode Cap Classique

Published:  04 December, 2018

Quoin Rock has revealed the maiden release of its Black Series Méthode Cap Classique.

The 2013 release is a blend of Chardonnay from vineyards on Quoin Rock’s property in the Elim ward near Cape Agulhas and Pinot Noir from Elgin.

Fermented using wild yeast and matured in second-fill French oak barrels for 10 months before blending and bottling for second fermentation, the wine enjoyed 52 months of bottle maturation on the lees.

Quoin Rock’s goal with Méthode Cap Classique was to produce a “bolder style of wine, more weighted and fruit forward”, said winemaker Jacque Maree.

“You get a huge amount of flavour development from the secondary fermentation and extended bottle maturation,” he said.

The “fresh acidity and a creamy mid-palate” combined to make this an “elegant Cap Classique”, he added.

The launch comes as the property reopens and marks six years after the Gaiduk family purchased the 200-hectare estate on the slopes of the Simonsberg in late-2012.

Since then, Quoin Rock had “undergone a complete transformation”, said managing director Denis Gaiduk.

“ We immediately set about rehabilitating the farm; upgrading the cellar, planting new vineyards and reviving neglected vines to establish the estate as one of the leading wineries in South Africa,” he said.

That “focus on quality, no matter the cost”, was evident in the current 2013 release of the Quoin Rock Black Series Méthode Cap Classique, he added.