Natte Valleij

Darling Cinsault

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750 ml (Standard)



100% Cinsault


South Africa


91 Points - 94 Points - Tim Atkin


13.50% alc vol Sugar g/l: 1.7
Type: Red Wine Cellaring Potential: 6 yrs
Origin: Darling Appellation: Darling

Tasting Notes:

Supple and harmonious, with a hint of spice and that all to lovely floral note that is becoming so synonymous with Darling cinsaults. Layering of fruit, textured earthiness and equally elegant tannic pull.

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Cinsault was once the most widely planted cultivar in South Africa. It adapted well to our environment and helped produced some of the Cape's great blends of yester year. The mere reason that Prof Perold used it in in breeding Pinotage is testament to its success in our soils. It has since fallen from popularity. The all too often story of the unrelenting drive of “consumerism”. Wine growers instead of planting what history had told them would work, where instead dictated to by global wine trends. It has been said that Cinsault is the best cultivar at expressing Terrior and this began our exploration of Cape Cinsault.

These bush vines must be the most isolated block in our collective. Planted on a lonely hill surrounded by wheat fields and too many gates to remember, this block stands very alone. Planted in 1978 (they think) on Malmesbury formation with strong influences of decomposed granite.

Picked in mid-February, these grapes always seem to arrive at Natte Valleij with great excitement. Destalked with 20% whole bunch fermentation, the fermentation spans roughly 10 days with regular pigeage to aid gentle extraction from the skins. The wines are pressed in our manual basket press.

Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally in concrete egg where it is aged for further12 months.

Food pairing

Goes well with pork ribs or pork chops, beef carpaccio and cheese.

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