Natte Valleij farm is situated at the base of the Simonsberg, where winemaker Alex Milner makes wine with minimal interference and pretence. A large part of his focus is on Cinsault and exploring the character this grape exhibits in different vineyard locations.
“These old bush vines planted in 1974, in the shadows of the Helderberg Mountain are planted in decomposed granite & face west towards False Bay, making it the closest block we have to the sea & the oldest. The last of our cinsault to be picked in early-March. Destalked and allowed to ferment with only manual pigaege to gently mix the cap. Fermentation lasts 10-14 days when it is carefully pressed using manual basket press. Malolatic fermentation occurs naturally in concrete egg where it is aged for 12 months.” Alex Milner
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