Natte Valleij Stalwart 2019
Natte Valleij Stalwart 2019

    Natte Valleij Stalwart 2019

    R 120.00

    Natte Valleij Stalwart 

    Cabernet Sauvignon 70%- Trellised vines planted in 1994 on decomposed granite, faceing South West on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain
    Cinsault 30%- Bush-vines planted in 1993 on decomposed granite, facing North West on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain.

    The Natte Valleij Stalwart 2019 is winemaker Alexander Milner’s take on a very old Cape blend. Named Stalwart as an indication as to how much trust winemakers of old placed in this blend.
    He writes: 'The Staatmaker encapsulates everything that is old and genuine of the Cape. A fascinating blend of the classic Cabernet Sauvignon and the rustically charming Cinsault. Blended together by our earlier winemakers of the Cape to create wines of superb table drinkability. The selection of these vines is based primarily on age of the vineyard, soils and aspect, with a strong regional influence, 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 12-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, 10% stalks are included in the fermentation of the Cinsault component to add an element of spice. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally in 3rd fill french barrels, where it is stored for 12 months. As its individual components. It is then blended and aged for a further 6 months in barrels. Made with minimal interference and pretence -preserving the intrinsic link between grape and bottle’

    Lovely crimson colour in the glass. On the nose there are dark fruits and cacao with a subtle touch of creaminess, like the deft touch of a master chef. The palette has hints of a dainty spice and complex fruits and a refreshing purity, with well-balanced tannins. One can really feel the Cinsault effect on the Cabernet Sauvignon to create something superb and honestly Cape.

     

    Alc. 13.5%

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