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Introducing Oupa Willem

Ian Naudé belongs to the new wave of South African winemakers. One of its oldest members, he makes new world wines in an old world style. He adopts new ideas while championing old vines. Many of his wines are made to age. Sadly, most of them don’t get the chance.

There’s an exciting tension between the constructs of “old” and “new” that defines Ian in much the same way it does the South African wine industry. We are the oldest wine producers in the new world. Techniques range from outdated to cutting edge. And our fine wine narrative is shared by a fascinating vinous past and an ambitious future.

For generations, many of South Africa’s finest wines were Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon blends. They could be enjoyed upon release, or aged for decades. In fact, many of these wines are still drinking beautifully today, providing a window into the past. We believe that this is also a window into the future.

Introducing Oupa Willem. Made from 80% Cinsault and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, the identity of this wine is very much wrapped up in the old and the new.

From Ian:

I never had the opportunity to meet Oupa Willem, but I’ve been told so many wonderful stories about him. One of my fondest was hearing that his horse and dog always came first, and the rest of the world, second. No question, he was my grandfather.

For a long time I have wanted to make a Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon blend. I have tasted and enjoyed many of these blends that date back to the 60’s / 70’s. They are still aging gracefully, drinking beautifully, and I believe we are losing out on our heritage by not sticking to these classics.

In naming this Cape Heritage Blend, I kept going back to Oupa Willem. I believe his spirit and his stories are inherent in this wine, and I hope he would be proud to know that.

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