Darling Cellars – bush vines from the cool West Coast.
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 km’s north of Cape Town. Some of our vineyards enjoy the coolness of the Darling Hills 10 km’s from the Atlantic while others bask in sun in the flatter hinterland. Our lucky winemaking team thus has abundance of flavour profiles to play with not to mention a funky mix of varieties. Darling is best known for Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc as well as old vine Chenin Blanc and Cinsaut. With unique growing conditions, the dryland farmed vineyards ensures 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 proportionately high. Probably the best terroir in the world? We like to think so.
image: Chenin blanc, planted in 1980