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A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (81%) and Merlot (19%) The Natte Valleij P.O.W. 2019 is Alexander Milner’s take on Cape Bordeaux but made in a type of Barolo fashion. Grapes are taken from the Simonsberg ward, so hollowed for its fine Cabernet Sauvignon based blends. Grapes are picked by hand and allowed to ferment in open top fermenters, with only manual punch downs allowed. The wine is named after the Italian Prisoners of War (P.O.W.) that lived on Natte Valleij during the Second World War.
They assisted greatly with winemaking at the time on the estate. One of them left an inscription on a wall on the farm. P.O.W. B.T. 27.12.1943 The inscription was made 2 days after Christmas, so one can only imagine his desire to return to his homeland. This was the inspiration in naming this blend as well as the Barolo fashion in which we age these wines.
What can you expect?
“Made with minimal interference and pretence - preserving the intrinsic link between grape and bottle” Dark red and lively in colour. On the nose, scented plums and subtle cacao. On the palate there are those lovely dark fruits, cacao and that all too familiar Simonsberg herbal nuisance. A deft balance of tannin and acidity adds to its surprising length. 36 Months in old French oak barrels.