Natte Valleij Cinsault Collective

By , 6 March 2019

Natte Valleij Cinsault Collective

The same but different.

The Natte Valleij Cinsault Collective is the culmination of Alex Milner’s explorations of the Cape Winelands, offering an unusual insight into how the same variety fares under different growing conditions. Wine Cellar price for the four wines in presentation box: R1 150.

Natte Valleij Darling Cinsault 2017
From a 1978 vineyard planted on granite. Red and black fruit plus some fynbos on the nose. Relatively deep and rich with tangy acidity and gently grippy tannins. Has a vinosity that its counterparts don’t have. Alcohol: 13.5%.

Editor’s rating: 91/100.

Natte Valleij Simonsberg-Paarl Cinsault 2017
From a 1993 block planted on shale and granite. A shy nose – some reduction plus a note of berry-flavoured boiled sweets. Rather lean with fresh acidity and fine tannins, the finish nicely savoury. Alcohol: 13.5%.

Editor’s rating: 89/100.

Natte Valleij Stellenbosch Cinsault 2017
From a 1974 vineyard planted on granite. Very fragrant – a top note of rose water before red cherry and plum. Light bodied with juicy fruit, lemon-like acidity and some spice to the finish. The most elegant of the foursome. Alcohol: 12%.

Editor’s rating: 90/100.

Natte Valleij Swartland Cinsault 2017
From a 1986 vineyard planted on shale. Black cherry, lavender and some typical Swartland earthiness on the nose. The palate shows plenty of bouncy fruit, bright acidity and soft tannins. Alcohol: 13.5%.

Editor’s rating: 89/100.

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