“Our wines are a testament to the quality the vineyards of our region deliver year after year,” says proud Darling Cellars chief winemaker Pieter- Niel Rossouw. “The medals at Veritas follow the outstanding success they achieved earlier this year at the Swartland and National Young Wine Shows.”
Only a very small number of wines entered for Veritas are selected for Double Gold medals. Of 1 763 entries this year, 57 wines – or 3,2% - achieved this highest level in the competition. In addition, only seven Sauvignon Blanc wines received Double Gold medals, which speaks volumes for Darling Cellars.
Organised by the SA National Wine Show Association, Veritas celebrated its 25th anniversary this year and is one of South Africa’s oldest and most recognised wine competitions. Entries are tasted blind by panels of winemakers, researchers, academics and merchants.
In addition to the Double Gold medal, Darling Cellars received eight bronze medals at Veritas too – meaning that every wine it entered won a medal.
The Darling Cellars Premium Sauvignon Blanc 2015 was produced from bush vines growing in deep granite soils and which receive no irrigation. The result is a wine with intense aromas of green pepper, flint, asparagus and minerality, which flows onto the palate and lingers. Ideal companions to this wine are seafood, salads and creamy chicken dishes.
“This outstanding performance at Veritas has only been possible with the passion and dedication of people like our white winemaker Maggie Venter and an entire team of people who work tirelessly,” says Rossouw.
The strength of particularly Darling Cellars’ white wines was showcased when a Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blend won the title of Grand Champion at the Swartland and then, at the National Young Wine Show, went on to take South African White Blend Champion for 2015. Amongst its other achievements, Darling Cellars also received a Silver medal at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards for its Chocoholic Pinotage 2014.
Darling Cellars produces a number of wine ranges – available countrywide - including the Darling Cellars Premium, Darling Cellars Reserve, Chocoholic and the newly released Cinful.
Darling Cellars is situated on the R315 at Mamre Weg Station, halfway between the towns of Malmesbury and Darling. For more information, phone 022 492 2276, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.darlingcellars.co.za. Follow Darling Cellars on Twitter @DarlingCellars, and Facebook.