Natte Valleij ‘P.O.W.’ Cape of Good Hope, South Africa 2015

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Natte Valleij ‘P.O.W.’ Cape of Good Hope, South Africa 2015

from 19.50

“The selection of these vineyards are based primarily on age of the vineyard, soils and aspect, with great emphasis being place on their proximity to the Simonsberg Mountain. Extreme care is taken to monitor these vines to achieve the optimal pick date. Harvested by hand and then further sorted by hand in the cellar to ensure that only the best fruit is used for fermentation. After a 24-hour cold maceration the fermentation is allowed to begin, this will last 8-10 days. During fermentation only a punch-down method is used to allow for gentle extraction. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally in seasoned 225 litre barrels, where it is stored for 12 months. It is then blend and aged for a further 24 months in 500 litre barrels. The reason for this is twofold. Firstly I love fruit and with this fairly long time in barrel fruit can be lost, but these large format barrels have a wonderful ability to protect fruit. Secondly Cape Bordeaux styled blends in my opinion are released in general hopelessly too early and they crave time in barrel to really evolve and become fascinating. Made with minimal interference and pretence -preserving the intrinsic link between grape and bottle.”

Jancis Robinson: “Violets and a little smoky; restrained aromas that don’t seem to advertise their South African origins. But the ripeness on the palate does. Not sweetness, not jamminess, just a deep charred-blackcurrant intensity that vibrates. Luminously dark in ground-slate tannins. Peppermint-leaf freshness giving the end a herbal twist.  Drink now-2024.“ 16.5 points

Customer comments:

“My goodness it’s lovely!” - Mr. O.H.

Really liked this wine! And at £18 a bottle it’s a bit of a steal.” - Mr. U.H.

I love the wine. Can I order another case of 12 bottles please?” - Mr. D.A.

POW is liberated in flavour!” - Mr. G.S.

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