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Darling Cellars

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.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.6 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.3 g/L

pH

3.70

ACIDITY

5.5 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Pieter-Niel Rossouw, Carel Hugo

VARIETY

Cinsault

TIME IN OAK

15 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Darling

Vintage conditions

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.

Vinification details

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.

Awards

Six Nations 2017: Double Gold
Veritas 2017: Gold
Tim Atkin: 92 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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