Graft Wine Co Radio
Ep. 7 - Albert Ahrens, The Ahrens Family, South Africa
We spend time with Albert Ahrens in the Graft offices to talk about the advent of the South African wine revolution, how to do packaging just right, and the importance of soul in wine.
Albert was winemaker at Lammershoek in the Swartland, before stints in Champagne, Priorat and the Rhône Valley, returning home to work on a variety of projects before setting up on his own. He drives 40,000km per year between vineyards, making wine his cellar in Wildepaardejacht, a serene location beneath the Du Toitskloof mountains, just outside Paarl. Then there’s his MCC, under the separate House of GM & Ahrens label and cellared in Franschhoek – the only bubbly maturation cellar in the centre of town – further adding to the odometer. These are terroir-driven wines from all over the Cape, taking in the Swartland, Voor-Paardeberg, Stellenbosch (Bottelary Hills to be precise), Franschhoek, and Elgin, with more to come from Helderberg, Robertson, Paarl and Tulbagh. Wines that, so Albert says, express their “address” first and foremost, rather than the cultivar..