This blend of two varietals reflects the typical spiciness of Shiraz combined with the peppery flavour and deep colour of Mourvedre. The wine is elegant with soft fruit flavours and a subtle hint of oak on the aftertaste.
44% Shiraz, 39% Mourvedre
In The Vineyard
The recent demarcation of the Darling district has led to a focus at Darling Cellars on wines which are terroir and varietal specific. The cool and temperate West Coast climate lends itself to a different micro- and mesoclimate which, along with the different types of soil, lead to unique grapes, which we guide into even more unique wines. Having 99% of all vineyards dry land and almost the same percentage as bush vine, this is as close to what nature intended for grapes to be as one can get.
Terroir: Strategically selected sites which get the warm sunny days and cooling effect of the Atlantic Ocean. Deep soils from decomposed granite, clay rich, good drainage
Vineyard type: Bush Vine and trellised vines
About The Harvest
Yield: 6 - 7 t/ha
Balling at Harvest: 23.5° B
In The Cellar
Vinification: Crush and destalk, 10 days fermentation at 22° - 28° C with oak chips
Maturation: After malolactic fermentation, wine is racked into barrels and stainless steel tanks with French Oak staves for 4 months. A combination of 3rd and 4th fill barrels are used