Darling Cellars Reserve Quercus Gold Chardonnay 2018


Technical Analysis

Winemaker – Pieter-Niel Rossouw and Maggie Venter
Main Variety – Chardonnay
Alcohol – 13.01 %vol
pH – 3.4
RS – 2.27 g/l
Total Acid – 5.56 g/l
SO2 – 150 mg/l
Free SO2 – 45 mg/l
Appellation – Darling


Type – White
Style – Dry
Body – Light
Taste – Fruity


Tasting Notes

An array of white pears, pineapple and lemon are the flavours on the nose that will follow through on the palate. A fruitful wine with a good mid palate, that ends off with a zesty lemon finish.

Blend Information

100% Chardonnay

Food Suggestions

This makes this wine the perfect companion with a gourmet chicken salad or Indian curry dish.

In The Vineyard

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: 9 ton/ha
Balling at Harvest: 23° B

In The Cellar

Vinification: Crush and destalk, 15 days fermentation
Maturation: Kept on light lees for 3 months for fuller mouth feel and complexity.

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 bush vine, this is as close as 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.

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