This week we saw the much-anticipated arrival of not one, but two exciting new red wines from South Africa, imported by Museum Wines and exclusive to us in the UK!
The wines hail from Western Cape producer Natte Valleij where talented winemaker Alex Milner is pioneering the use of Cinsault in South African winemaking. Without heavy interference, he aims to merely guide grapes from vine to wine, upholding their character and varietal expression.
One of the wines, Natte Valleij ‘Staatmaker’ 2017, is from Simonsberg-Paarl, prime viticultural territory in the foothills of Simonsberg (Simon’s mountain). Back when Cinsault was the mostly widely planted red varietal in South Africa and Cabernet Sauvignon was first coming into fashion, it was common practice to blend in Cinsault to bulk out the Cabernet and reduce cost, often without revealing the true blend on the label.
‘Staatmaker’ reinvents this traditional style as a proudly labelled blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon & 25% Cinsault. Only 360 bottles were made, and we’ve got 36 of them.
Our other new South African red is also from Western Cape producer, Natte Valleij, but using fruit sourced from vineyards across four different growing regions. Named after the swallows that return each year to breed in the cellars at Natte Valleij, the Swallow Blend is a testing field for new vineyards that they’ve chosen to work with. Aged for 18 months in small French barrels, it’s an eclectic blend of Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Cinsault.
And finally, you’ll be pleased to know that in-house fizz favourites by South African wine producer Möreson have now returned. The exceptional value Methode Cap Classique sparkling wines Miss Molly Bubbly and Miss Molly Petit Rosé are now back in stock after a very brief absence due to your insatiable thirst for them! Still just £12.99 a bottle! Order at will…