Natte Valleij,

NAT Pinotage

Coastal Region,South Africa,
  • Jancis Robinson: 17
  • Tim Atkin: 91


Bottle size: 750 ml,

We’re delighted to be introducing ‘NAT’ – a naturally fermented, unfiltered and unfixed Pinotage made with fruit sourced from the Darling region which is fresh and vibrant, buoyant with boysenberry, blueberry and pomegranate.

Undeniably Pinotage yet typified but the charming, charismatic identity that Alex Milner effortlessly bestows upon all his wines. In short, it’s bloody lovely.

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In The Cellar
Fermentation is allowed to begin spontaneously in large concrete open fermenters, this will last 7-8 days. During fermentation only a punch-down method is used to allow for gentle extraction after which it is manual basket pressed. It is then left undisturbed in 1500L concrete eggs and a few seasoned barrels for 9 months to maintain that poise and reflection of site.

In The Vineyard
Dryland bush-vines planted in 1997 in the Darling area an hour North of Cape Town. The soils are Malmesbury shales with some decomposed granite influence. These 24 year old bush vines are planted on a Easterly slope, making for one of the more iconic sunrises of the harvest. Its position is a mere 16km form the cold Atlantic ocean, this allows for the *South Wester wind to have a strong cooling influence during the hot summer afternoons. *A localised wind that picks up most afternoons in the Cape, it blows in off the cold Atlantic as the land mass heats up, it brings a welcome relief to hot afternoons. Extreme care is taken to monitor these vines to achieve the optimal pick date, which is in late January. Harvested by hand and then further sorted by hand in the cellar to ensure that only the best fruit is used for fermentation.
Pinotage is a truly South African grape: a cross between Cinsault and Pinot noir, usually made in a riper style. The NAT Pinotage is made in a lighter and fresher style that is more reminiscent of its parentage and connected to Alex Milner's passion for Cinsault at Natte Valleij. Dark in color, berry fruits and whiffs of charcuterie on the harmonius nose. On the palate macerated plums and that subtle charcuterie character follow. A nice athleticism with bright freshness, balanced acidity, with an elegant tannic pull.