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Darling Cellars Reserve Six Tonner Merlot 2016

Technical Analysis

Winemaker - Carel Hugo + Pieter-Niel Rossouw
Main Variety - Merlot
Alcohol - 14.34 %vol
pH - 3.5
RS - 2.9 g/l
Total Acid - 5.3 g/l
Appellation - Darling


Type - Red
Style - Dry
Body - Medium
Taste - Fruity

Tasting Notes

This complex but also elegant wine spoils you with flavours of raspberry, ripe red plum, vanilla, coffee, liquorice, chocolate and nuances of tobacco. This wine has an elegant structure with velvety tannins and a surprisingly lengthy aftertaste.

Blend Information

100% Merlot

Food Suggestions

The balance is simply near perfect! Enjoy this on its own or with roasted duck breast or roasted tomato and basil pasta.

In The Vineyard

Strategically selected sites which get the warm sunny days and cooling effect of the Atlantic ocean. Deep soils from decomposed granite, clay rich and good drainage.

About The Harvest

Yield: 5.5 - 6.5 ton/ha
Balling at Harvest: 24° - 25° B

In The Cellar

Vinification: Crush and destalk, 5-10 days fermentation at 22 - 30°C
Maturation: After malolactic fermentation a portion (approx. 50%) of the wine is racked into barrels for 7-8 months while the balance is transferred into stainless tanks to which staves are added. A blend of 3rd and 4th fill barrels are used

Additional Information

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.

Darling Cellars Reserve is a wine range of straight varietals where the focus is on fruit driven, varietal true, value for money wines.

Other Vintages

Wine Wine Maker Main Variety
Darling Cellars Reserve Six Tonner Merlot 2016 Carel Hugo + Pieter-Niel Rossouw Merlot
Darling Cellars Reserve Six Tonner Merlot 2015 Carl Hugo and Abe Beukes Merlot
Darling Cellars Reserve Six Tonner Merlot 2014 Carl Hugo and Abe Beukes Merlot
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Mamre Station, R315, Darling 7345, South Africa