Ahrens Family Bendewijn Elgin Pinot Noir 2016
Elgin Valley, Western Cape, South Africa
Albert drives up to 40,000km every year between a plethora of vineyards in the Cape, sourcing only the very best grapes for his growing range of tiny-batch wines. One of the early voices of the Swartland revolution while winemaker at Lammershoek, Albert has remained quietly and confidently under the radar building his own projects, while also gaining experience abroad in Priorat, the Rhône valley and Champagne.
His Bendewijn series (translated from Afrikaans loosely as "wine gang") is based on tiny parcels he stumbles across on his travels, too small or irregular to turn into wines in his core Ahrens Family range but enough grapes to make anything from a few hundred to a couple of thousand bottles of wine. These are exclusively available via Albert himself in South Africa or through a handful of partners around the world when you become part of the Bende (gang)!
Only 1,811 bottles of Albert's 2016 Elgin Pinot Noir were produced and we're down to our final few. Probably the coolest wine region in the Western Cape, the Elgin Valley offers prime conditions for top-quality Pinot Noir (and Chardonnay). This is beautifully silky, with plush, velvety fruit on the mid-palate and fine tannins, more than a nod to the red wines of Burgundy.