2019 Natte Valleij P.O.W.
Blend: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot
Tasting Notes: This sultry, savoury, saline big red coaxes from first whiff, with ample black raspberry, wild black cherry, kirsch, anise gliding the full, silken palate, textured with finely grippy spices, worked leather, iron, and dried mint. The whole is framed with long, integrated tannins and buoyed with an effortless acidity.
Natte Valleij is a historical cellar at the foot of the Simonsberg mountain. Famed for its brandy in the past, it was one of the largest cellars in the area. Unfortunately, winemaking ceased in the 1950s. The land was purchased by the Milner family in 1969, and for 27 years, it bred some of South Africa's finest racehorses. In 2005, winemaking returned to the farm. Winemaker Alexander Milner strives to make wine with minimal interference, letting the grapes lend their full character to the wines. They pride themselves in keeping things traditional - grapes are picked by hand, bottled by hand, corked by hand, and labeled by hand.