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Natte Valleij, Cinsault, Darling, South Africa, 2019
It’s been said that Cinsault is the best cultivar at expressing Terroir and winemaker Alex Milner first discovered it during a harvest in Provence, despite it once being South Africa’s most widely planted varietal. Despite the majority of what he was harvesting being destined to become rosé this encounter planted the seed for what would become his Cinsault Collective, the same grape grown in different regions from old vines, each beautifully expressing its own unique terroir.
These bush vines must be the most isolated vineyard we have in our cellar. Planted on a lonely hill surrounded by wheat fields and too many gates to remember, this vineyard stands very alone. Planted in 1978 on Malmesbury formation, with some influence of decomposed granite. It faces South South West and experiences the cooling summer wind of the afternoon South Wester blowing in off the Atlantic, only 16km away. It is this uniqueness that allows us to offer something of exceptional quality and interest. Matured for 11 months in a 2500L old oak foudre to maintain that poise and reflection of site.
Tim Atkin MW deemed this wine to be worth 94 points out of 100, the highest score within the collective, whilst Jancis Robinson also rated it highly with a score of 18/20.
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