2017 Howard John, Lourens Family Wines, Piekenierskloof

A mix of 33% Cinsault from Darling and Stellenbosch, 30% Grenache, 21% Swartland Syrah and 16% Wellington Carignan , this is a fine yet powerful red, with so much energy and character. Named in honour of Franco’s dad, it’s a stunning tribute.

Critic score
90/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£20.08
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£120.48

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    South Africa
  • Grape
    33% Cinsault
    30% Grenache/Garnacha
    21% Shiraz/Syrah
    16% Carignan/Cariñena
  • Maturity
    Young 2021 - 2032
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    13%
2017 Howard John, Lourens Family Wines, Piekenierskloof

TASTING NOTES

The 2017 Howard John, named after Franco Louren’s father (Franco being Chris Alheit’s wingman) is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Carignan. 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 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.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (August 2018)
90+/100