2022 Natte Valleij, Single Vineyard (Darling) Cinsault

Western Cape,South Africa,

£28.99

Bottle size: 75cl,

    In stock

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    Description

    CELLAR INFORMATION "Extreme care is taken to monitor these vines to achieve the optimal pick date, which is in mid February. Harvested by hand and then further sorted in the cellar to ensure that only the best fruit is used for fermentation. After a 12 hour cold maceration the fermentation is allowed to begin, this
    will last 7-9 days, We included 15% whole clusters into the fermentation, giving us freshness.
    During fermentation only a punch down method is used to allow for gentle extraction, after which it
    is manually basket pressed. It is then left undisturbed in 3rd fill french 400L barrels for 11 months.
    The gentle wooding helps us maintain that poise, freshness and reflection of site." VINEYARD INFORMATION "These 45 year old bush-vines must be the most isolated vineyard we have in our cellar. Planted on a lonely hill surrounded by wheat fields and to many gates to remember, this vineyard stands very alone. Planted in 1978 on Malmesbury formation. It faces South South West and experiences the cooling summer wind of the afternoon, this is our South wester that blows in off the cold Atlantic only 16km away. It is this uniqueness that allows us to offer something of exceptional quality and
    interest."

    Additional information

    Wine Type

    Red

    Country

    South Africa

    Region

    Western Cape

    Vintage

    2022

    Brand

    Natte Valleij

    Appellation

    Western Cape

    Bottle Size

    75cl

    Pack Size

    1x75cl

    Pack Type

    Loose Bottles

    Alcohol Percentage

    12.00

    Duty Status

    Duty Paid

    Availability

    Immediate

    Producer Profile

    ‘Axle’ is an anagram of Alex and was made by request of Alex’s wife who disparaged of their ‘light-reds-only’ policy and demanded a white wine option of similar quality, and style.

    Natte Valleij, a historic family farm in Stellenbosch run by winemaker Alex Milner, has received critical acclaim for his site specific Cinsault from various pockets of extraordinary old vine parcels across the Cape. Tamlyn Currin writes: “It was the first time I’d tasted Cinsault. It was the first time I actually understood the variety. It was a lightning strike.” Together with his stellar Axle Chenin Blanc from Darling. Tamlyn writes: “Alex Milner pushes the edges of possibility and beauty. He always takes my breath away. Surely this cannot be £20?!” The stage has been set, heroing the adopted heritage grapes of South Africa, finally allowing them freedom of expression. As well as our very own, native Pinotage – Alex and his Natte Valleij wines represent the spirit of the Cape and we’d strongly advise you visit him and his wines during Cape Wine.