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Lourens Family ‘Lua Ilse’ Grenache Noir 2022


“Grapes from a Piekenierskloof vineyard approximately 25 years old. 25% whole-bunch fermentation before maturation lasting 10 months in older 500-litre barrels. Cranberry, raspberry, pomegranate, fynbos, earth and white pepper on the nose while the palate is full but balanced – pleasingly ripe fruit, bright acidity and densely packed tannins. Concentrated with a dry finish. Alc: 14%.
– 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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