AHRENS BLACK - 2016
Winemaker: Albert Ahrens Region: Country: South Africa Grapes: Syrah (70%), Carignan (10%), Grenache (10%), Cinsault (8%), Marsanne (1%), Roussanne (1%) Vintage: 2015 Closure: Cork + wax Bottle size: 75cl Alcohol: 14% METHOD The name “Black” refers to the wine’s origins in the Swartland, or “Black Land”. Albert was prohibited by the South African wine authorities from calling the wine “Black” because it’s a generic colour rather than a name (“white” and “red” are for obvious reasons fine for wines). So he left out the word, called it Ahrens Family Red, and left it with a plain black label. It remains colloquially known as the Black. A Rhône Valley blend of black and white grapes from a number of top notch vineyards in the Swartland, naturally fermented and matured in old 225-litre tight-grain French oak barrels for 12 months.
TASTING NOTES : Dark, brooding nose, you sense the spice already, what you don’t expect is the lightness of touch, silky soft texture, and refined, easy-going tannins in a red this young. Blackberries, dark olives and raspberries intermingle with some fynbos and black pepper. Brilliant.
VICTUALS : Rare rib-eye steak on the braai