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Natte Valley POW
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16¼/20

Natte Valley POW 2015

Coastal Region, South AfricaNatte Valleij's old cape Dutch buildings have seen a lot of history, including housing a prisoner of war who was captured and exiled to the Cape during WWII. He most likely contributed to the farm's farming and winemaking while living in the cottage that winemaker Alex Milner calls home. The inscription P.O.W. B.T. 27/12/1943 is his only mark. In his honour, Milner created this limited release wine, his take on SA Bordeaux blend. In 2015, this is 55% cabernet sauvignon, 36% merlot, and 9% cabernet franc, from old vines growing in the shadow of Simonsberg mountain. The wine rests in 225L oak barrels for a year before two years in 500L barrels. Sun ripened plum, cherry, anise leads into layers of leather, dried herbs, tobacco, along a savoury palate, aloft with a fine acidity that keeps this 14.5 degree wine feeling fresher than expected.Tasted: 06 September 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 24.00 private wine shops Producer: Natte ValleyDistributors: Sur Lie
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - Cabernet FrancCSPC: 171430