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Lourens Family Wines Howard John 2020

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Country
south africa
Region
swartland
Type
RED
Producer
FRANCO LOURENS
Grape
cinsault, grenache, syrah
Vintage
2020
Alcohol
13%

Tasting Notes

44% Grenache Noir, 31% Cinsault and 25% Syrah sourced exclusively from dryland bush vines. The 80% whole bunches bring gorgeous perfume, not just bright fruit, but lots of freshly cracked black peppercorns and hints of Asian spice, garrigue and tapenade. Such vibrancy on the palate with tissue paper fine tannins.

More Info

Franco Lourens spent some years working with the great Chris Alheit before setting to focus entirely on his own range of wines. 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. Franco is a leading light of South Africa’s New Wave and champion of old-vine Chenin, among others. He is inevitably set to join the likes of Chris Alheit, Eben Sadie, Adi Badenhorst, Duncan Savage et alia in the shimmering constellation of New Wave South African stars. BUT - and here's the rub - since Franco is still relatively unknown, the prices do not yet reflect how sensational the wines really are. So this is a perfect opportunity for Swigger's to bag a rare fine wine bargain!

FROM THE PRESS

“Whereas quite a few New Wave red wines sacrifice fruit depth for freshness, Lourens seems to achieve both. The nose shows top notes of lavender and fynbos before red and black berries, oliver, pepper and spice. The palate is medium bodied with fresh acidity and chalky tannins. Good fruit definition, lots of intricate flavours, the finish intensely savoury. 95/100”
Winemag.co.za
“A superb and aromatic red - a blend of grenache, cinsault and syrah - think dried herb and peppercorns with swags of fruit.”
Victoria Moore, The Telegraph

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