VIDEO CHAPTER INDEX
00:00 – A short history of Cinsaut in South Africa
01:26 – Natte Valleij: The Cinsaut Specialists
02:25 – A rundown of the Natte Valleij Cinsaut Series
03:17 – Why are coastal influences important in Stellenbosch?04:15 – Details on the Natte Valleij Coastal Cinsaut
The power of specialising
🧑🏻🌾 Natte Valleij is a cellar that made wines in the first half of the century in the Simonsberg region of the Cape Winelands. But it was back in the 1950s when the farm changed hands that the cellar fell dormant, while the new owners, the Milner Family, focussed on racehorse breeding.
🍇 But in 2005, the cellar was dusted off and winemaking commenced. Current winemaker Alex Milner appears to have absorbed the Cinsault fever of the 1950s and has made it his mission to revive the passion once displayed for South African Cinsault. Aside from his site specific range of Cinsaults (featuring bottlings made with fruit from Simonsberg, Darling, Swartland and Stellenbosch), he also produces this Coastal Cinsault, made from bush vines across a range of regions.
🔬 100% Cinsault. All dry-land, bush vines. Fermented in concrete eggs, foudres and barrels. Aged for 12 months. Alc 13% ABV.