Natte Valleij Cinsault, Darling, South Africa 2016

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Natte Valley Cinsault Alex Miller.jpg

Natte Valleij Cinsault, Darling, South Africa 2016


Alexander Milner has quickly established himself as The Cape's go-to guy for Cinsault. He calls it "the poor man's Pinot Noir", not only because it has a similar ethereal lightness, but also because it is so sensitive to the site on which the vines grow and he has spent his career pedalling around The Cape on his bicycle looking for little plots brimming with potential. Not only does he source grapes for the likes of Chris Alheit and Duncan Savage, but he produces 4 separate expressions of his own, from Paarl, Darling, Stellenbosch and Swartland. 

This is our favourite, the Darling Cinsault, from the eponymous ward that lies between Swartland and the Ocean. It's typically pale in colour and has Pinot-like aromas of earthy strawberries and wild cherry that continue on to the free-wheeling, red berry palate whose featherweight tannins apply the brakes just firmly enough to stop you gulping it down in one. 12.5% alc. Drink now-2019.

Press review:

: “Part of the fantastic Cinsault Collective. This has beautiful blueberry fruit and wild garrigue herbal aromatics. Medium-bodied, with a saline mineral palate. red cherries and round, firm tannins.” 92 points

Customer comments:

"The Cinsault is very good - great value. Thanks for recommending." - Mr P.N. 

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