Natte Valleij Cinsault Darling 2017


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 bush vines must be the most isolated block in our collective. Planted on a lonely hill surrounded by wheat fields and too many gates to remember, this block stands very alone. Planted in 1978 (they think) on Malmesbury formation with strong influences of decomposed granite.Picked in mind-February, these grapes always seem to arrive at Natte Valleij with great excitement. Destalked with 20% whole bunch fermentation, the fermentation spans roughly 10 days with regular pigeage to aid gentle extraction from the skins. The wines are pressed in our manual basket press. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally in concrete egg where it is ahead for further 12 months. Supple and harmonious, with a hint of spice and all to lovely  floral note that is becoming so synonymous with Darling consults. Layering of fruit, textured earthiness and equally elegant tannic pull.” – Alex Milner.

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