Beautifully perfumed and savoury, with red fruits and wonderful balance.
An exciting South African producer focusing on old vine Cinsault, dry farmed on the Western Cape. Beautifully perfumed and savoury, with a definite pinosity. Red fruits and herbal flavours, with crisp acid and a lightly musky finish.
Producer: Natte Valleij
Region/Country: Western Cape, South Africa
Production Method: Sustainable farming. 30% whole bunch fermentation with wild yeasts. 11 months ageing in concrete egg, foudre and old French oak barrels
Style: Light to medium bodied with perfumed aromatics and savoury texture
Pairing Suggestion: Game and poultry dishes, grilled vegetables, on its own
Profile: Cinsault is widely planted throughout Southern France and there are also many old vine plantings in South Africa. With its lighter skins and soft perfume it is particularly suitable for rosés and fruity, early-drinking reds. It does well in drought conditions, managing to maintain freshness, and when yields are kept low it is capable of producing wines of nice intensity and fruit weight.
Classic Regions: Southern Rhone, Languedoc, Corsica (France), South Africa
Historic Natte Farm sits at the lower slopes of the Simonsberg mountains in Stellenbosch. The estate returned to its winemaking roots in 2005, winemaker Alexander Milner describes the current project as an exploration of the Cape Winelands. With the character and quality of fruit these old vines produces he can work with minimal intervention in the winery preserving the link between grape and bottle.