Naudé Oupa Willem 2018
By Christian Eedes, 21 January 2021
Oupa Willem is named after Ian Naudé’s grandfather and is billed as a “Cape heritage blend”. Consisting of 80% Darling Cinsault and 20% Durbanville Cabernet Sauvignon, winemaking involved 40% whole-bunch fermentation and alcohol is a modest 12%.
The nose shows cranberry, cassis plus some leafiness and some earthiness. The palate is lean in the best sense – pure fruit, high acidity and fine tannins, the finish having a salty quality to it. It comes across as extraordinarily youthful and you have a sense that it will show more in time to come. Approximate retail price: R395.
CE’s rating: 92/100.
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