Of the 135 Cinsaults from around the world scored on JancisRobertson.com, Natte Valleij holds the top two spots. This is a great achievement considering the 50+ Cinsaults on the SA market. With the Natte Valleij 2017 Cinsault Collective pack, you have the rare opportunity of going on a journey of discovery with winemaker Alex Milner. These elegant expressions of Darling, Stellenbosch, Paarl and Swartland Cinsault offer a perfectly curated tour of local terroirs from an excellent vintage.
* Please note, these 4-bottle gift packs are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Many of SA’s most famous, long-lived wines had Cinsault in their blends, including the now highly-prized older vintages of Château Libertas, Alto Rouge and Rustenberg Dry Red to name a few. These have re-energised the local fine wine scene in general and, more specifically, the interest in Cinsault.
It’s hard to choose a favourite. These are all excellent Cinsaults and share the detail and crystalline precision of the 2017 vintage. The Darling Cinsault is savoury and floral, the Simonsberg Paarl Cinsault is more sumptuous, the Swartland Cinsault has a spicy Rhône character, and the Stellenbosch Cinsault is possibly the most balanced. A true collector’s dream.
See what you get in the pack:
Natte Valleij, Darling Cinsault 2017
From vines planted in 1978. Partial whole-bunch fermentation. Iodine and black-cherry fruit. Glossy and smooth with beautiful savoury complexity and a lovely long, fragrant, peppery finish. – Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com, 17.5/20
Sourced from a vineyard that’s right next to Duncan Savage’s Follow the Line, planted on granite soils in 1978, this unoaked, violet-scented red is my pick of the four Cinsault Collective bottlings in 2017. Rose petal and violet aromas segue into a grippy, layered palate. Drink 2019-2027. – Tim Atkin MW, 94/100
Natte Valleij, Simonsberg Paarl Cinsault 2017:
Vines planed in 1993. Excellent red-fruit purity on the nose – ripe yet very much a savoury style overall. Chalky, fine tannin. Bolder fruit than their Swartland bottling, although it is still delicately done. – Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com, 16.5/20
Planted in 1993, these are the youngest vines in Alex Milner’s Cinsault Collective. Picked early because they’re in a warm site and fermented with 10% stems, it’s another superb red, with lower acidity, red fruit succulence and a supple finish. Drink 2018-2022. – Tim Atkin MW, 92/100
Natte Valleij, Stellenbosch Cinsault 2017:
Vines planted in 1974. Light, fragrant nose with gentle perfume giving violet and rose. Subtle fruit and excellent balance at low alcohol. A touch of liquorice and anise to give gravitas on the finish. – Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com, 16/20
Pale, ethereal and almost Pinot Noir like in aroma and flavour, the lightest of Alex Milner’s four Cinsaults comes from a vineyard planted in 1974. Elegant and floral with redcurrant and raspberry fruit and a tangy, refreshing finish. Drink 2018-2022. – Tim Atkin MW, 93/100
Natte Valleij, Swartland Cinsault 2017:
Vines plated in 1986. Dry farmed. Delicious cranberry and black-cherry fruit with a touch of stemminess. Long, lifted herbal finish with satisfying crunch. – Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com, 16.5/20
The Natte Valleij Swartland Cinsault hails from a parcel on the shale soils, established in 1986. Aged in foudres this year (the 2016 was in concrete eggs), it’s intensely spicy, with 20% stems, firmish tannins and a complex, aromatic palate of redcurrant and raspberry. Drink: 2018-2024. – Tim Atkin MW, 92/100