The Darling

The Darling Pinot Gris 2015 Marlborough
Fleshy, fruity, spicy and alive with vibrant juicy white fleshed fruit aromas; some floral moments and sandy soil notes. On the palate - lush, juicy and fresh with white pepper laced fresh pear and red apple fruit flavors; plenty of vibrant acidity and youthful texture; lengthy fresh finish. A great example with a dry (ish) finish.
89 Points

The Darling Pinot Noir 2013 Marlborough
Soft, fragrant, fruity and enticing with aromas of red apple skin, cherry fruit, some cranberry and light red strawberry suggestions, moderate oak tones with spice and toasty notes to match. On the palate - dry, tense, textured then fruity; there's bite from the acidity and tension from the tannins; quietly earthy with soft soil and stony ground suggestions; medium+ length. A wine that captures its sense of place - showing off some floral tones and lengthy detailed finish. Enjoy on its own or with very mild soft natural cheese.
92 Points

The Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Marlborough
Fresh, herbaceous, grassy, ripe and fruity - a bouquet full of energy and drive with a distinctive floral and mineral undercurrent. On the palate - juicy, firm, fresh, intense and very fruity with pristine flavors of lemon and grapefruit, apple and white peach; plenty of firming acidity and spicy herbaceous qualities; pungent energised finish. A wine that will last 3-5 years in cellar drinking well through that time.
90 Points

The Darling Chardonnay 2013 Marlborough
Modern Chardonnay bouquet of fresh sweet citrus and white fleshed stone fruits laced with a flinty mineral sulphide layer - this adds complexity and aromatic appeal; quite complex overall with sweet spice and mild oak toast qualities. On the palate - dry, fresh, loaded with texture and flavor - sweet citrus and grapefruit peel; mineral, white flower and gun flint attributes; fabulous acid drive and long finish.
95 Points

The Darling 'Blue' Gewurztraminer 2015 Marlborough
Don't let the colour of this wine fool you - close your eyes and take a long slow sniff - powerful floral and ripe white fruit aromas - spiced tropical fruit suggestions and ginger tea. On the palate - dry, fruity, spicy and flavorful with ginger and white fleshed fruits. Lengthy in a drink now style.