Meet the new Darlings!
Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the Darling region is home to Cloof Wine Estate, whose significant vineyard plantings are greatly influenced by proximity to the cooling effects Atlantic Ocean.
These vineyards yield fruit of huge intensity and flavour, allowing Cloof’s team of highly-skilled young winemakers to produce a range of thoroughly modern award-winning wines which have taken the international wine scene by storm.
In 2003 Darling was declared a wine region in its own right in recognition of the unique style and quality of wines grown here.
As the youngest of all South African regions, Darling is also one of the most progressive, Darling is the first district to be awarded full membership of the Biodiversity Wine Initiative.
In addition, as a W.I.E.T.A Member, Cloof are committed to ensuring not only ecological sustainability but also the highest standards for ethical working conditions.
By no means though, should you think of Cloof as newcomers, the estates oldest surviving vines were planted in 1966, with additional plantings in 1976 and 1987.
Cloof 'Bush Vine' Chenin Blanc(€8.99 down from €12.99) is made using with Chenin Blanc sourced exclusively from Cloof's 30 year old, dry-farmed vineyards in Darling, this delicious dry white is brimming tropical flavours such as guava, passion fruit and papaya, well supported by the refreshing natural acidity. All of this is nicely wrapped with a creamy mouthfeel, thanks to three months lees ageing. All in all, this wine offers unbeatable quality at this price point! For a perfect match, try this with a lightly spiced Chicken Stir-Fry.
Cloof 'Bush Vine' Cape Blend (€8.99 down from €12.99)offers an opportunity to see South Africa's signature grape, Pinotage at its very best. This un-oaked example was harvested from Cloof's acclaimed low-yield bush vines. Although this red has plenty of spice, it remains soft and smooth enough for every day drinking. There is also a great concentration of red-berried fruit thanks to the exceptionally old vines; indeed some of the fruit comes from those original vineyards first planted in 1966. This is a wine that is crying out for a BBQ or Braii as they would say in SA.
But you don't have to just take my word for it, both of these wines will be open and available to taste in all of stores today Wednesday 13th, & tomorrrow Thursday 14th, so why not pop in and give them a try.