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Darling Cellars

A broad, plush, honeyed white with lots of toasty oak, tropical fruit undertones and fresh balancing acidity

Tim Atkin

Darling Cellars' Old Bush Vine range comes from specific old bush vines which are selected for their typicity in reflecting their soils and location.

A beautiful, medium light straw hue in the glass, balanced with a mineral freshness. This wine shows many different layers and immense complexity, with great length and undertones of orange peel and yellow peaches. Wood and fruit acid is well integrated and pronounces the fruit while retaining structure.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.4 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.2 g/L

pH

3.20

ACIDITY

6.3 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Pieter-Niel Rossouw, Maggie Venter

VARIETY

Chenin Blanc

FINED USING

Bentonite

TIME IN OAK

10 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Darling

Vintage conditions

The winter and spring leading up to the 2016 vintage were among the driest in recent years. Normal rainfall in the area is about 450mm, but in 2016 this was only 176mm. Winter temperatures were not as cold as normal; unfortunately there was an unexpected heat wave at the end of October that rushed some of the earlier cultivars and meant that the veraison period was shorter than normal. After that temperatures stayed on the higher-than-normal side and the rain stayed away. The ripening period was subsequently shorter than normal due to the drier and warmer conditions.

With very little rain during the berry-setting and ripening period, the berries stayed very small, giving extra concentration, intense flavours and a very good colour.

Vinification details

After careful monitoring for optimal picking times, adopting a combination of sampling and tasting to optimise the richer tropical (thiol) notes, the grapes were harvested, crushed and destalked into small static separators. Only free run juice was used, following 24 hours’ skin contact. Fermentation lasted 21 days at 15°C. Barrel maturation took place in 100% French Oak (1st, 2nd and 3rd fill) for 10 months. Only the best 5 barrels were selected for the blend.

Awards

Old Mutual Wine Show 2017: Harold Eedes Trophy Best Chenin Blanc
Veritas 2017: Gold
Six Nations 2017: Gold
Tim Atkin: 91 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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