Natte Valleij Cinsault Simonsberg-Paarl 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 are the youngest in the collective, planted on decomposed granite in 1993. They face North-West in the lee of the Simonsberg Mountain overlooking the small village of Klapmuts with the rolling hills of the Swartland as an imposing backdrop. Destalked and 10% of the stems are added back into the fermentation tank. Fermentation spans 10 days with only manual pigeage allowing for a very sensitive extraction. The wine is then gently pressed in our manual basket press. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally in 2500L French foudre, named Maria. It is aged for 12 months in foudre. Cherry notes and certain earthiness. On the palate the liveliness is evident fruits continuing from the nose. The tannins are fine with a respectable depth to the palate.” – Alex Milner.

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