Winery Details

About the Winery

At Darling Cellars our wines are all about location, location, location, and our old, un-irrigated bush vines. In one word: terroir. We don’t make our wines; we grow them.

The Darling area is on the West Coast some 80 kms north of Cape Town. Some of our vineyards enjoy the coolness of the Darling Hills 10 kms from the Atlantic while others bask in the sun in the flatter hinterland. Our lucky winemaking team thus has an abundance of flavour profiles to play with not to mention a funky mix of varieties. With unique growing conditions, the dryland farmed vineyards ensure deep-rooted vines and therefore produce wines with an optimal concentration of colour, flavour and tannin structure. 96% of our vineyards are un-irrigated bush-vines so yields are very low and the quality correspondingly high. Probably the best terroir in the world?  We like to think so.

 

Darling Heritage Sir Charles Darling Cab Merlot

About the wine

A deep and complex wine with layers of black fruit, cedar, red plums, liquorice, chocolate and tobacco. Smooth but structured with a long lingering finish. In proper storage this wine will age very well.

Exclusive

No

Export

AGOA, EU-SADC EPA, SADC

Export Volume

500 x 6

FOB

$6.50

Food Pairing

Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Rich Fish, Roasted Vegetables

Price Band

E (< $11.00)

Red Grapes

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Region

Darling, Western Cape

Segment best suited for

Boutique, On premise

Tasting Notes

Fruity

Vintage

2019

Volume

750ml

Year

2019

Winemaking process

Grapes fermented on the skins for 15 to 21 days. A combination of pump overs and punch downs are done on the grapes. Cutivars fermented separately. 5 days cold soaked in open fermenters. Extended skin contact for 10-15 days. Only free run wine into barrels and only 8 of the best barrels were selected. Aged in a combination of French and American 300litre oak barrels for 22 months.

Cellaring

Up to 72 months

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