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Meet the winemaker: Natasha Williams from Bosman Family Vineyards

Meet the winemaker: Natasha Williams from Bosman Family Vineyards

This dynamic, innovative and intuitive winemaker from Saron in the Western Cape is creating wines that are memorable and true to nature. Pour a glass of wine and join us as we learn more about her and her wines.

By Fresh Living

Q: Bosman Wines is synonymous with family. Which of your wines most accurately reflects what family means to you?

Respect the fruit and its integrity and allow the wine to showcase its origin and true varietal character

Natasha Williams (NW): Together with the eight generations of Bosmans, there are five generations of farm families working and living on the farm. These families have a relationship built on mutual respect and trust. The Adama Blend range – Adama Red and Adama White – are wines synonymous with family, reflecting how different personalities (wine components) complement each other, unify and become better as a whole. The Generation 8 range not only represents the current generation working the soil, it also shows their respect for heritage and their desire for progress.

The wines in the Adama Blends and Generation 8 range originate from Wellington vineyards, which celebrate the generosity of the sun and deliver wines with fresh, vibrant fruit aromas.

Q: How is your personality reflected in the wines you make?

NW: There is a Maya Angelou quote by which I live: ‘A woman in harmony with her spiritis like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretence and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.’

My approach to winemaking is like this: respect the fruit and its integrity and allow the wine to showcase its origin and true varietal character.

Q: What wine – ‘the one’ – made you fall in love with wine?

NW: As a student, I had an ‘aha’ moment during my first harvest experience. We were doing a pump over on a Shiraz and the cellar filled with the most pronounced white-pepper aroma. At that moment, winemaking made more sense to me.

Q: What’s the wine you would stock up on before a liquor ban and why?

NW: Bosman Grenache Noir. This wine is very appealing, with its fresh berry flavours. It’s a lighter-styled red wine, which is easy to enjoy on its own, but has enough body to pair with midweek pasta dishes and weekend braais. It’s a wine for every occasion.

Q: What do you hope people will say or feel when they drink your wine?

NW: A winemaker’s greatest ambition is to make wine people will enjoy – a wine that becomes a shared memory between family and friends and is synonymous with joy and happiness.

Q: There are lots of misconceptions about wine out there. How do you think it should be viewed?

NW: When you consume wine responsibly, there is a place for it at any dinner table. Wine has the ability to connect different cultures and individuals from all over the world. I have experienced this first-hand and I will always celebrate wine’s ability to connect people.

Q: You’re planning a dinner party for a few close friends. What dishes are you serving and which wines will you pair with each one?

NW: Starter: Salmon and cream cheese on baguette, topped with a dash of basil pesto and paired with a refreshing Generation 8 Pinot Grigio
Main: Seafood mussel coconut curry potjie, paired with Upper Hemel en Aarde Chardonnay or Generation 8 Grenache Noir

Q: Which wines in your private collection are you most excited about?

NW: Probably my Dard & Ribo Shiraz collection. I received them when I visited a winemaker at a boutique cellar in Hermitage, France.

Q: Are there any new innovative winemaking tools and equipment with which you’d like to experiment?

NW: At the Bosman vineyards, we always strive to be innovative and progressive. We experiment with different wine styles – some old and some new – and use various fermentation vessels. We have integrated into some of our wine ranges the use of egg-shaped concrete tanks and terracotta amphora pots.

Q: Women are carving out a unique position in the winemaking industry. Do you have advice for young female winemakers?

NW: It’s a great time to be part of the South African wine industry. There is constant development and progression. Winemakers can see how the quality of our wines improve as we get more international recognition for our work. A winemaker should be driven by passion and dedication, be able to adapt to the wine trends and be willing to put in the work to achieve success. Let’s be fearless and remember that there is nothing women can’t do.

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