Grape - Syrah
Where - Swartland, South Africa
What - Albert Ahrens is a legend in the world of winemaking and his Bendewijn series is really something to shout about. The whereabouts of the source of Ahrens’ fruit supply is shrouded in secrecy, but we do know he chooses small, handpicked parcels from sites that are sustainably operated.
Syrah grapes are kept in bunches before destemming, fermenting and raising in old-style small barrels, with minimal extraction. After ageing, the wine is settled and bottled with as little sulphite added as possible. Ahrens holds onto the capped bottles for further ageing, resulting in an exceptionally rare wine with only 595 bottles produced.
Luckily, for this vintage, we were allocated 18 bottles. Each individual bottle is numbered and allocated. We are in love with the wonderfully contemporary take on the traditional syrah grape.
Overall, it is lighter in style and beams with blackcurrant, glazed cherries, dried raspberry, coffee, flowers and pink peppercorn notes. It is exciting enough to drink now, but will also age well over 5 years.
Vegan. Organic. Low intervention. 13.5% ABV.