The Darling wine region is located on the west coast of South Africa, surrounding the town of Darling. It used to be part of the Swartland, but in 2003, Darling became its own appellation. The style of wine created differs too much from that of the Swartland, and it became necessary to differentiate between the two areas.
The terroir of Darling is shaped by a combination of soil, climate, and geography. The proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the Benguela Current creates a maritime influence that helps to regulate temperatures and extend the growing season. The cool coastal breezes and morning mists moderate the vineyard temperatures, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and retain their natural acidity.
The soils in Darling are mainly derived from granite and shale formations. These soils are well-draining and have good water retention properties, making them suitable for grapevine cultivation. The granite-based soils contribute to the mineral character of the wines, while the shale-based soils offer a unique flintiness and brightness to the wines.
Darling experiences a Mediterranean climate, characterized by warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. The region is influenced by its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, which plays a crucial role in moderating temperatures and providing cooling breezes. The oceanic influence helps maintain acidity in the grapes, resulting in vibrant and well-balanced wines. The cool nights during the growing season also contribute to the retention of acidity and the development of complex flavours in the grapes. The higher acidity in the grapes is needed for Cap Classique.
SURVIVOR WINES FROM DARLING