Natte Valleij, Simonsberg Paarl Cinsault 750ml 2017

South Africa, Paarl
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NatteValleijSimonsbergPaarlCinsault201710012019
R285
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Critic Score

16.5
JR

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The historical Natte Valleij Farm situated at the foot of the Simonsberg is not a new cellar, it’s just been resting for the last 50 years.

Winemaker Alexander Milner strives to make wine with minimal interference and pretence, merely guiding beautiful grapes into character full wines -preserving the intrinsic link between grape and bottle.

The Natte Valleij Cinsault Collective is a culmination of my explorations of The Cape Winelands. Seeking out forgotten patches of old dryland bush vine Cinsault that they felt would offer exceptional quality and interest. These old vines have always fascinated them by their dogged persistence to exist. Using sympathetic winemaking practise they hope these wines speak louder than words in expressing the dynamic Cape.

Tasting notes:
'Vines planed in 1993. Excellent red-fruit purity on the nose – ripe yet very much a savoury style overall. Chalky, fine tannin. Bolder fruit than their Swartland bottling, although it is still delicately done.' – Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com, 16.5/20

'Planted in 1993, these are the youngest vines in Alex Milner’s Cinsault Collective. Picked early because they’re in a warm site and fermented with 10% stems, it’s another superb red, with lower acidity, red fruit succulence and a supple finish. 2018-22.' – Tim Atkin SA Report 2018, 92/100

Winemakers notes:
'These bush vines planted on decomposed granite in 1993 face North-West in the lee of the Simonsberg Mountain. They are the youngest in the collective. The block overlooks the small village of Klapmuts with the rolling hills of the Swartland as an imposing backdrop. The closest of our Cinsualt sites to Natte Valleij, in fact our neighbour. I have been passing it regularly with my bicycle since my school days, so more than likely the first Cinsault block I ever met. So a great honour to be able to make it into wine.' – Alexander Milner

More Information
Bottle Size 750ml
Style Red
Country South Africa
Rating JR 16.5
Drink To Drink or cellar
Price R285.00
Producer Natte Valleij
Region Paarl
Variety Cinsault
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