Darling Cellars Premium Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

An example of pure Cabernet Sauvignon fruit, with aromas of wood, ripe blackberries and cassis on the nose. It is a juicy, well structured wine with a hint of ripeness on the palate and an abundance of black fruit. The finish is long and smooth, with a slight smokiness. The tannin structure is firm but by no means aggressive, to emphasise the varietal characteristic.


variety : Cabernet Sauvignon | 100% Sauvignon Cabernet
winery : Darling Cellars
winemaker : Abe Beukes
wine of origin : Groenekloof, Darling
analysis : alc : 14.36 % vol  rs : 1.76 g/l  pH : 3.64  ta : 5.78 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fragrant   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

ageing : Further bottle ageing will have the wine soften a bit and with the nice acidity, this is a wine will last another 6 - 9 years in a cellar.

in the vineyard : Darling Cellars Premium comes from specific vineyards which are selected for their uniqueness in prominent terroir flavours. These vineyards are planted in the best terroir for the specific varietal. Vineyards are carefully monitored by the winemaker who ultimately decides when the grapes will be harvested. These grapes are handled separately in the cellar to preserve their natural quality and uniqueness.

Darling Cellars Premium is a dedicated concept from site selection, through to the final drop in the glass at the end of a bottle.

Terroir: Deep Hutton soils from decomposed granite dominate the sites selected for these vines.
Vineyard type: Bush Vine, no irrigation.

about the harvest:  Yield: 4 - 6 t/ha
Balling at Harvest: 24°B

in the cellar : Vinification: Crush and destalk, 12 - 14 days fermentation at 25 - 28°C.
Maturation: Barrel maturation in 100% French oak (1st fill) for 15 months. Bottle aged for 12 months before release.

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