On the West Coast just north of Cape Town is the delightful and charming town of Darling. Inhabited by interesting folk from retirees, artists, actors, farmers and restaurateurs they all seem to be so content with their idyllic lifestyle. Well known actor and comedian, Pieter Dirk Uys has his famous theatre and restaurant Evita se Peron, on the side of Darlings old railway line.
Besides all of this, Darling has a reputation for producing excellent wines and you will find well known established wine farms in the surrounding area. One such farm is Cloof which is 15 minutes out of the village nestling at the foot of the Dassenberg hills. Cloof Winery and neighbouring farm Burghers Post were in 2006 named Champions under the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative, and so steps are in place to conserve the pristine natural vegetation, and to rehabilitate previously cultivated areas.
The Cloof Inkspot Vin Noir 2008 is a blend of predominantly bush vine Pinotage with Shiraz and Cinsaut. Called Inkspot, due to its inky concentration of colour, the wine has dark black cherry aromas with rich flavours of ripe plums and hints of salty liquorice on the finish.
The wine can be enjoyed on its own but also with spicy food and we particularly loved it with a delicious Cape Malay Bobotie.
Expect to pay R52.00