Natte Vallej Farm
Historic Natte Farm sits at the lower slopes of the Simonsberg mountains in Stellenbosch. Once famed for its brandy, the farm was bought by the Milner Family in the late ’60s who took up the vines, laid paddocks and bred racehorses. The estate returned to its winemaking roots in 2005, winemaker Alexander Milner describes the current project as an exploration of the Cape Winelands.
Alexander fell in love with Cinsault while working at Domain de Trienne in Provence. He calls it calls "the poor man's Pinot Noir" because it has a similar ethereal lightness, and responds closely to its site. When he returned home to South Africa he rode around The Cape on his bicycle looking for older dry-farmed bush-vine Cinsault. With the character and quality of fruit, these old vines produce he can work with minimal intervention in the winery preserving the link between grape and bottle.