Planted on red soils in 1978, this low-yielding block faces south-east and is suitably fresh and restrained, with Pinot Noir-like flavours.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 well-balanced red wine, with a bright ruby red colour and sour cherries, strawberries and a hint of oak on the nose. Flavours of red pepper, spice, raspberries and a hint of sweet vanilla are followed by a nice fresh acidity on the palate and good length.
Pieter-Niel Rossouw, Carel Hugo
TIME IN OAK
After a good long wet winter Darling Cellars experienced very even bud-break. A long cool growing season allowed to grapes to mature beautifully while retaining their natural acidity.
Grapes were crushed and destalked into small open fermenters where they underwent a cold soak for two days before fermentation started. This was followed by 14 days’ fermentation at 20-24°C, with the free run and press wine kept separately. Barrel maturation took place in 100% French oak (1st, 2nd and 3rd fill) for 15 months. Only the best seven barrels were selected for the blend.
Six Nations 2017: Double Gold
Veritas 2017: Gold
Tim Atkin: 92 pts
Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.
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