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Producer: Albert Ahrens
Vintage: 2015
Alcohol: 13.5%

Colour: Pale Yellow
Nose: Citrus, Tropical Fruits
Palate: Minerality, Cream

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Albert Ahrens, a dab hand at the pizza oven and like many of the Cape’s new generation an engaging raconteur, was the winemaker at Lammershoek at the birth of the Swartland Revolution, before dipping into a number of joint and solo projects including working with Pieter Walser on BLANKbottle, culminating in the Ahrens Family Wines. He’s driving as much as 45,000km per year between vineyards, tenaciously accessing some of the finest fruit in the Cape, then making the wines his small cellar at Wildepaardejacht south of Paarl, a serene spot beneath the Du Toitskloof mountains. Then there’s his MCC, under the separate House of GM & Ahrens label and cellared in Franschhoek, further adding to the odometer. His are what Albert describes as “address specific wines”, where the unique characteristics of where the grapes are grown matters more than the identity of the grapes themselves. Production volumes are tiny, maybe one to three thousand bottles of each wine, sometimes just a few hundred.

The balance of acidity in wine is achieved by harvesting in stages of ripeness. Typically 33% early for freshness and acid. 33% at optimal ripeness and 33% late-harvested for richness and beautiful ripe Chenin flavour. The wine is medium-bodied with minerality on the pallet and the fruit profile is predominantly yellow. A typical old vine medium to full mouthfeel, citrus, minerality, hints of tropical fruit & an elegant creamy finish


Chicken Curry with Potatoes and Squash, Goat Cheese-Stuffed Chicken, Pulled Capon and Watercress Salad with Citrus Dressing, Shrimp Masala

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