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Lourens Family Wines Howard John 2018

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About this Wine

Tasting this for the first time, frankly left us with a facial expression, to quote Sir Edmund Blackadder, 'like guppy fish at feeding time'. You shouldn't really be making wines this accomplished the first time round. It's indecent. It confuses people. It upsets the idea we have that making great wine takes time and perseverance through trial and error. These are stone-cold classic South African wines from the very off. How has he done it?

Tasting notes

However he's managed it, Franco's Lourens Family Wines are 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!


“A blend of 43% Grenache and 14% Syrah, both from Swartland, 32% Cinsault from Darling and 11% Carignan from Wellington. A captivating nose showing red and blackberries, musk, herbs, lavender plus darker notes of olive and turned earth. The palate has a lovely clarity about it with pure fruit, electrifying acidity and powdery tannins before a super-savoury finish. Light-bodied (alcohol is 12%) yet no shortage of detail.”
Christian Eedes, 95/100

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