Darling Cellars Terra Hutton Cinsault/Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

2012 Darling Cellars Terra Hutton Cinsault/Cabernet Sauvignon

Red Wine, Fullbodied, Dry, 13%, Cork, Drink Now/Lay Down

Case of 12 Bottles (12x75cl)
Single Bottle (1x75cl)
 
 

Bright sweet cherry fruit on the nose gives way to a bright juicy fruit entry on the palate that is followed up a vibrant mid-palate of dark plums. A vibrant acidity maintains the freshness of this wine and keeps the one wanting to have another sip.

Vintage and harvest conditions: 2012 was a challenging growing season with a dry winter and warm ripening period. With careful selection from our dry grown vineyards, that thrive in tough conditions, we were able to produce wines that were elegant and refined that we feel will mature well.

Terroir: Vineyards strategically planted on sites that allowed grapes to both ripen well while at the same time are not exposed to excessive heat allowing the grapes to mature slowly. Also the Darling area with its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the cool Benguela current running off of South Africa’s West Coast, has very cool evenings allowing the grapes to retain their natural acidity. Most vineyards are on deep soils, derived mostly from decomposed granite, that are clay rich, with good drainage.

Vinification: All grapes are hand harvested and are de-stemmed only prior to fermentation, i.e. all ferments are completed “whole berry”. After a relatively warm fermentation the wines are gently pressed and the different “press fractions” are matured separately where appropriate. After completing malo-lactic fermentation in tank the wines were transferred to mostly stainless steel tanks for maturation, however a portion of the Cabernet is matured in oak barrels.

Maturation: A combination of stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels for 12 months.

Food matching: This wine is an absolute beauty to pair with foods. The freshness and vibrancy of this wine means you could pair it with almost anything, however, light meat and rich vegetarian dishes are where I think it would go best. Why not try it with a pan roasted duck breast with wild mushroom risotto.

Maturation potential: This wine will mature gracefully for at least 5 years; however it is drinking very well right now.

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