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The Darling Wines

Premium Organic Wines of Marlborough New Zealand
 

About Us

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Our Story

Chris Darling and Bart Arnst teamed up in 2007. After making great wine for other people they decided to make great wine for themselves under The Darling Label. By sourcing fruit from organic vineyards which Bart manages they are able to have full control over the process. With over 40 years winemaking experience between them Chris and Bart have what it takes to make regional, complex wines which drink well on any occasion.

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Chris Darling, Winemaker

Originally from Australia Chris has worked with both large and small wine companies throughout the world. After graduating Roseworthy in Adelaide, Chris worked throughout Australia and Europe, including France, Greece and the Czech Republic. In 2003 he headed to Marlborough New Zealand to continue the hunt for great cool climate wines. He found them !

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Bart Arnst, Viticulturist

European travel introduced Bart into the world of wine. After many adventures he returned to New Zealand to embark on a new career path which now sees him consulting to the wine industry throughout the country. While Viticulturist for Seresin Estate he was instrumental in their conversion to organics. Now running his own consultancy Bart also works with OANZ (Organics Aotearoa New Zealand) as one of their vineyard consultants. With his experience in growing grapes under organic and biodynamic regimes Bart believes this is the future for The Darling.

 

 

the wines

Tasting Notes and Images

The Darling Sauvignon Blanc

2016

2015

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The Darling Moscato Inspired Sauvignon Blanc

2015

2014

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The Darling Barrel Sauvignon Blanc

2015

2012

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The Darling Pinot Gris

2016

2015

2014

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The Darling "Blue" Gewurztraminer

2015

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The Darling Chardonnay

2014

2013

2012

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The Darling Pinot Noir

2014

2013

2012

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the vineyards

Our Growers

You can't make great wine without great grapes.

 

Antipode Estate

One of our first growers and an important part of our wine style. Jacqui and Paul do a great job producing quality grapes and olives year on year.

You can't make great wine without great grapes.

See below for some great photos of Antipode Estate.

 
 

Buy Our Wine

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New Zealand

Auckland  Sergeant Peppers - sgt.peppers@xtra.co.nz

Wellington   Warburton Wines - w.wines@clear.net.nz

South Island   Palate Fine Wines - palate@slingshot.co.nz

Marlborough/Nelson   Allen & Co - scott@allenandco.co.nz

 

AUSTRALIA

Victoria   Sante - www.santewines.com.au

Tasmania   Sante - www.santewines.com.au

WA, SA, NSW, QLD   TBC

ONLINE Australia - www.winestreet.com.au

UK

Mason & Mason - www.masonandmasonwines.co.uk

USA

NZ Wine Navigator - www.nzwinenav.com

Online in the USA - www.nzwinenav.com

Canada

Vertigo Wines and Spirits - http://vertigovinsetspiritueux.com

 

Organics


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We are certified organic by BioGro New Zealand

While limiting the impact to the soil and earth, organics helps you to connect with wine that is safe and can be traced to origin.

We also believe we are seeing an increase in quality over time. The vines are allowed to come into balance, producing thicker skins and therefore greater flavour.


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Contact

Chris     - chris@savvywines.co.nz

Ph: +64 (0)274 445 225

 

Bart       - bavc@xtra.co.nz

Ph: +64 (0)21 544 842