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Natte Valleij Cinsault

Cinsault / South Africa


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Category
Cinsault
Region
South Africa
Sweet-Dry Scale
Dry

Product Description

The historical Natte Valleij Farm situated at the foot of the Simonsberg is not a new cellar, it’s just been resting for the last 50 years. Famed for its brandy in years gone by, it was one of the largest cellars in the area, but sadly winemaking ceased in the 50’s. It was bought by the Milner Family in the late 60’s and for 27 years it bred some of South Africa’s finest racehorses. It was in 2005, that wine was once again made on the farm and the sound of barrels rolling could be heard. We pride ourselves in keeping things traditional like it was done in the 50’s, when wine was last made at Natte Valleij. Grapes are pick by hand, bottled by hand, corked by hand, labeled by hand and most defiantly drunk by hand. It’s a family affair and everyone is pulled in at busy times. Winemaker Alexander Milner strives to make wine with minimal interference and pretense, merely guiding beautiful grapes into character full wines -preserving the intrinsic link between grape and bottle. The Natte Valleij Cinsault Collective is a culmination of my explorations of the Cape Winelands. Seeking out forgotten patches of old dryland bush vine Cinsault that I felt would offer exceptional quality and interest. These old vines have always fascinated me by their dogged persistence to exist. Using sympathetic winemaking practice I hope these four wines speak louder than words in expressing the dynamic Cape. Cinsault The father to our national varietal Pinotage and once stalwart red varietal of the industry, Cinsault has since fallen into obscurity. Affectionately still called Hermitage by the many old-timers, it creates superbly drinkable wines festooned with red fruits, spice and surprising structure to age gracefully. This tribute to our wine-making past was handcrafted from selected parcels of old bush vines spread across the Cape, that have resolutely withstood time and showcases this varietal’s essence.

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