Darling Cellars Reserve "Quercus Gold" Chardonnay 2011

White pears and tropical fruits are the flavours you'll find on this lightly wooded Chardonnay. A clean, soft mouth feel and the aroma of pear on the palate with a well balanced aftertaste.

Makes the perfect wine with food.

variety : Chardonnay | 85% Chardonnay, 15% Viognier
winery : Darling Cellars
winemaker : Abé Beukes & Welma Visser
wine of origin : Darling
analysis : alc : 13.9 % vol  rs : 4.0 g/l  pH : 3.48  ta : 6.1 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Light  taste : Fruity  
pack : Bottle  closure : Screwcap  

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.

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

Terroir: Deep, decomposed granite soils on the slopes of the Darling Hills, with a cooling effect in the warm afternoons from the Atlantic Ocean in close proximity. Vineyard type: Bush Vine, dry land.

about the harvest: Yield: 6 ton/ha
Balling at Harvest: 21° - 22°B

in the cellar : Vinification: Crush and destalk, 15 days fermentation and further maturation with French oak staves.
Maturation: Kept on light lees for 3 months for fuller mouth feel and complexity.

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