Clotted cream and zesty fruit and minerality harmonised in a chord. Some buttery pineapple, lime and that classic chenin wet wool. Concentrated yet elegantly framed. with a faint flinty hint of reduction. Makes you think of Savennieres - perhaps?! Franco is such a perfectionist that he didn't make a 2019, concerned that he'd missed the optimum picking window. This is a delivering a ton of pleasure now but it's a wine that evolve beautifully over three to five years, and will keep going for considerably longer.
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
“Grapes from a 1977 Piekenierskloof vineyard. Alluring aromatics of pear, peach, herbs and just a hint of jasmine on the nose while the palate has lovely clarity and energy – light but not underdone or skeletal. Awesome fruit purity, clearly what is a very special site deftly rendered – Lourens didn’t release a 2019 as he felt he left his picking decision too late but he’s got it spot on here. 97 points.”Christian Eedes, winemag.co.za
“"The closest you can get to the gates of the Skurfberg," says Franco Lourens about its source at 750 metres in Piekenierskloof, Skuinskap is back after a break in 2019. Focused, taut and refreshing, it's a low pH style, with neutral oak, beeswax and saffron aromas and lemon juice and green apple intensity. 94 points.”Tim Atkin MW