Gold Medal - The Sommeliers' Selection Wine List (for 2017 Vintage)
92 Points - Tim Atkin, MW Report 2018 (for 2017 Vintage)
92 Points - Neal Martin, Vinous Report 2018 (for 2017 Vintage)
4.5 stars - John Platter Guide 2018 (for 2016 Vintage)
Gold Medal - Michelangelo IWSA 2017 (for 2016 Vintage)
The prestigious Quartz Stone Chardonnay is made from a single vineyard which is the oldest block of Chardonnay on the property which was planted in 1989. The soil found in this block is decomposed granite with significant amounts of quartz in it, hence its name.
Our farm is situated in the Simonsberg Mountain foothills in the Paarl region of the Western Cape and encompasses a variety of slopes and aspects. Of the current 31 blocks planted, each is nurtured according to its own unique potential, respecting the natural cycles of the vines. A vineyard programme of adding five hectares per year to realise a total of 60 hectares is underway with hardier rootstocks and new varietal clonal selections being planted.
90% of the yield was naturally fermented in 225l new French oak and 10% in Nomblot eggs. It was aged in the barrels for 11 months.
“Quartz Stone is the name of the magnificent single vineyard block and one of the oldest Chardonnay sites on the farm. Named for the soil in which the vines grow, this wine showcases marmalade preserve, citrus and ripe stone fruit aromas. The palate is complex, full bodied and layered in butterscotch, glace oranges and lime zest.” Johnnie Calitz
Region: Paarl, South Africa
Acidity: 6.00 g/l
Residual Sugar: 2.50 g/l