Ahrens Family Swartland Old Vine Chenin 2017
Swartland, 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.
The "O.V.C." stands for Old Vine Chenin, and that's because it comes from an old vineyard of Chenin Blanc planted in the Swartland in 1984, on soils composed of sand over ferricrete. Garnering 4.5 out of 5 stars in the 2020 Platter's guide, it's a beautifully Swartland Chenin of great typicity, pure fruit and dry, earthy notes of fynbos and honey.