Albert Ahrens earned his stripes in the Swartland with Lammershoek, before working in Champagne, Priorat and the Rhône Valley. He drives 40,000km per year between vineyards, making the Ahrens Family wines at his cellar in Wildepaardejacht, a spectacularly serene location beneath the Du Toitskloof mountains, just outside Paarl. Except the MCC, made under the House of GM & Ahrens label and cellared in Franschhoek, further adding to the odometer.
These are terroir-driven wines from all over the Cape, taking in the Swartland, Voor-Paardeberg, Stellenbosch (Bottelary to be precise), Franschhoek and Elgin. Wines that, in Albert’s words, have “an address” to them, an identity wound up in the environment. He convinces growers to sell him tiny amounts of their very best grapes, so while there's not much of the wine available, it comes from some of the finest fruit going.
Bendewijn Voor-Paardeberg Grenache Gris 2016
Bottelary O.V.C. 2015
Bottelary Seventy 2014
The White Black 2014
Bendewijn Tulbagh Syrah-Carignan 2016
GM & Ahrens Vintage Cuvée Cap Classique 2013 SOLD OUT