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Lourens Family Wines 'John Howard' Stellenbosch 2021

Carignan Collection by Philglas & Swiggot

  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2021
  • ABV: 13%
  • Origin: Stellenbosch/South Africa
  • Grapes: 33% Cinsault/30% Grenache/21% Syrah/16% Carignan


Franco Lourens is assistant winemaker with Chris Alheit, and also makes his own wines in the Alheit cellar in Hemel-en-Aarde. I tasted through the latest releases of the Lourens Family Wines and was really impressed, especially by the two new Chenin Blancs.

It has a superb, detailed bouquet - very pure and very Old World in style – featuring Provencal-herb-infused black fruit and a touch of fennel. The palate is medium-bodied with some quite firm tannin, the 80% whole bunches lending a sense of earthiness to the structured finish that suggests it will benefit from a couple of years in bottle. Very fine.