Quoin Rock White Blend 2018

By , 4 March 2021

When Carl van der Merwe was at Quoin Rock in the late 2000s, prior to his move to De Morgenzon and more recently his emigration to Canada, he conceived a much-admired wooded Sauvignon Blanc labeled as The Nicobar.

The White Blend 2018, as made by Jacques Maree now of Maree Family Wines, is essentially still a wooded Sauvignon Blanc, with this variety at 92% and the remaining 8% consisting of Semillon, grapes from both Stellenbosch and Quoin Rock’s Boskloof holdings in Agulhas. Fermented and matured for six months mainly in tank but including a small portion in second-fill barrels, the nose shows citrus, white peach and blackcurrant plus a hint of vanilla while the palate is rich and full with nicely integrated acidity and a gently savoury finish. With dense fruit and a creamy texture, this is polished in every sense of the word. Price: R350 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 92/100.

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