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Lourens Family Wines

Franco is the assistant winemaker for Chris Alheit and the wines he makes from Chris’s cellar in Hemel-en-Aarde follow a similar path of old-vine complexity and masterly finesse. From his two single-vineyard Steens (Chenin Blancs) to his Rhone red and white blends these are impressive bottlings by any standard. Another New Wave SA star is born.  

We are very excited about the debut releases of Franco Lourens. Franco is the assistant winemaker for Chris Alheit – a leading light of South Africa’s New Wave and champion of old-vine Chenin, among others. From Chris’s cellar in Hemel-en-Aarde Franco has made some serious wines. I mean, these are impressive bottlings by any standard – powerful, concentrated, yet supremely elegant and finely detailed.

Two single-vineyard, old-vine Chenins from Citrusdal and Durbanville, respectively, are joined by a Swartland red blend made from Mediterranean varieties which is every bit as pellucidly profound as the best terroir reds you’ll find in this region. Franco also has a stunning white blend based on the oldest block of Verdelho planted in South Africa, including some skin-macerated Grenache Blanc, and Clairette and Roussanne aged in amphorae. This is a breathtakingly self-assured range and almost in the blink of an eye places Franco into the very top bracket of top-end New Wave SA producers.