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Darling Cellar's Chocoholic Pinotage is concentrated, velvety and richly flavoured due to the 20% appassimento style in the cuvée.

A vibrant display of fresh fruit and flavours that includes Turkish delight, chocolate, red and black cherries, vanilla, red plum and butterscotch. The flavours follow through on the palate with a fresh acidity to accompany you to all occasions!

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

9.7 g/L

pH

3.60

ACIDITY

5.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Carel Hugo, Pieter-Niel Rossouw

VARIETY

Pinotage

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Darling

Vintage conditions

After a good long wet winter we had very even bud-break. A long cool growing season allowed to grapes to mature beautifully while retaining their natural acidity.

Vinification details

All grapes were hand harvested and de-stemmed prior to fermentation on skins for 5-6 days. A portion of the wine spent 8-12 months on staves to add complexity and layers. The blend includes a straw-wine component made from partially-dried Pinotage grapes and made into an almost port-like wine. These grapes were dried by twisting the stems.

Awards

Mundus Vini 2016: Gold
Veritas 2016: Silver
IWSC 2017: Silver
DWWA 2017: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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