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Primary Notes: Mulberry, Currant Cherry, Strawberry, Cranberry Violet, Rose
Secondary Notes: Marzipan
Acidity: Medium +
Alcohol (%): 13
Origin & Awards
Origin: Western Cape, South Africa
Maker: Naudé Wines
Fermentation: Slight Wood
Awards: >95 pts
Decanting: 30 minutes
Serving Temperature: Best served between 15–18°C
Asian Food Pairing: Thai curry, samosas
Western Food Pairing: Escargots, pizza, beef bourguignon
Naudé Oupa Willem Old Vines 2018
Naudé Oupa Willem Old Vines embodies how appreciating heritage is one of the most important building blocks for long-term success. This premium Old Vine red draws on the unique South African expressions of bush vine Cinsault blended with prime Cabernet Sauvignon. This elegant wine displays a weightless concentration of red and black berry fruits that are embroidered with classical fragrant notes of red cherry, rose petals, violets and marzipan, all underpinned by a mouthwatering acidity.
Fun Fact: Oupa Willem was Ian Naudé's grandfather. Ian never had the opportunity to meet him, but was told so many wonderful stories about him by other family members since a young age. One of Ian's fondest tales about Oupa Willem was his favourite saying, which was that his horse and dog always came first and the rest of the world, second.
80% Cinsault and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cinsault comes from 37-year-old vines growing on a farm in a vineyard just outside Darling, which is in the Western Cape region of South Africa. These old vineyards, planted in 1978, are impeccably maintained and produce an astounding quality of fruit. The Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Durbanville.
Natural fermentation using 40% whole bunches.
Ageing potential: 15+ years
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Greg Sherwood (MW) - 96 POINTS
“Indeed all the amazing old historical South African red wines of the 1950s and 1960s exploited this incredible synergy between the elegance, finesse and lithe, supple purity of Cinsault and the plushness, power, flesh and textural concentration of the Cabernet Sauvignon. Once these varieties join hands in union, the whole is immediately incrementally greater than the sum of its individual parts. Having tasted and reviewed every wine Ian has ever made, this incredible Oupa Willem 2018 release represents a new pinnacle of quality in the next chapter of Naude Family Wines. Drink now or cellar for 20+ years.”