Age of Vines: 15 years
Yields: 25 hl/ha
Soil: Clay and limestone
Varieties: Sauvignon Blanc and Menu Pineau
Vinification Method: The grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed and gently pressed. Only natural yeast and the juice undergoes an extended maceration. Vinified in barrel and aged for 12-24 months in oak. Quartz drinks well in its youth, however, decanting is highly recommended. The wine also shows aging potential up to a decade.
Tasting Note: Golden straw in the glass with shimmering pale highlights. The nose offers sliced apple & poached pear backed by apple chutney spiced with brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon & allspice. The palate is very nutty, with a firm acidity. Yellow Apple flavors follow through and are joined by marzipan, hazelnut & hints of warm caramel. The wine finishes long and vibrant, with great mineral and core fruit presence, and a lingering inner mouth perfume of pear eau de vie. This is a truly outstanding and complex wine.
Pairing: Serve with grilled sausage, braised pork loin or grilled pork chops, savory chicken dishes, paté, cured meats & young or aged mild cheeses on rustic bread.
-Jenny & Francois