The wines of Quoin Rock
Visiting Elim, South Africa, part 6


Quoin Rock is a two-region producer, with a winery and farm in the Simonsberg ward of Stellenbosch, but also a substantial farm in Cape Agulhas. The boundary of the Elim region runs through the Agulhas farm, which means that the wines canít be labelled Elim. This farm, called Boskloof covers 2888 ha and was purchased in 1998. At the time, it was a sheep, cattle and fruit farm, but it did have a few vines, although most of these had to be replanted. There are 23ha planted with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Pinotage. The wines are made in the Stellenbosch winery.  

Quion Rock General Manager, Doug Murdoch


Quoin Rock Methode Cape Classique NV Cape Agulhas
Taut, mineral and slightly reductive nose. The palate shows bright, focused fruit with herby, appley notes and some minerality. Distinctive style. 86/100

Quoin Rock Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Cape Agulhas
Taut, crisp and focused with notes of herb and grapefruit on the nose. The palate is grassy with nice depth of fruit, as well as some tropical notes, and also lovely citrus characters. Real balance here. 91/100

Quoin Rock Chardonnay 2008 Cape Agulhas
100% barrel fermented in 30% new oak. Fine, bready, toasty nose is pure with elegant fruit. The palate is really light and fresh with admirable purity of fruit and some toasty, creamy oak playing a supporting role. Fine and expressive. 92/100


The Elim wine region: an introduction
Black Oystercatcher
The Berrio
Quoin Rock
Photos from Elim
Photos of Fynbos, Elim

See also:

South Africa revisited (series)

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