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Lourens Family ‘Howard John’ 2022


“44% Grenache, 28% Cinsault and 28% Syrah, all sourced from the Swartland, some 40% fermented with stems, before maturation lasting 10 months in old 300- and 500-litre barrels. Expressive aromatics of red and black berries, orange, olive, lavender and herbs while the palate has good fruit concentration, snappy acidity and crunchy tannins. Juicy on entry but ends savoury, the different components combining to good effect.
– Christian Eedes, Winemag

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Franco Lourens is based in Paarl and makes his wines in the same cellar as Lukas van Loggerenberg. Previously he was Chris Alheit’s assistant.

He sources fruit from Stellenbosch, Swartland, and in particular Piekenierskloof for his wines.

“Poenie”, as he more widely known, is one of the industry’s ‘Nice Guys’. He always has a smile on his face and is never too far from a laugh and a joke.

Make no mistake though, when it comes to wine, Poenie is totally quality-obsessed. While this means that the wines are superb (see below), it also means that the quantities can be frustratingly small.





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