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Winemag Cape White Blend Report

Winemag Cape White Blend Report
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Darling Cellars Lime Kilns 2015 received a score of 91 at the tasting for Cape White blends.

For the purposes of this tasting, all white blends containing a Chenin Blanc component of more than 15% and less than 85% were eligible. The idea is to recognize the growing category of wines which sees different white grapes combined in a formal way to produce something outstanding

The best wines tended to have great texture but also great freshness. What’s interesting is many winemakers eschew new oak – the wines typically vinified in big-format, old barrels and that texture is therefore derived from the grapes, often from old vines.

Darling Cellars Lime Kilns’ blend consists of 40% Chenin, 30% Chardonnay and 30% Viognier. A combination of new and old French oak barrels were used, about 80% new oak.

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