2018 Howard John, Lourens Family Wines, Piekenierskloof

Beautiful floral nose, 43 Grenache, 32 cinsault, 13 syrah 11 carignan. Smells so good, textured and lifted and so floral, palate weight – 12% alcohol, length and finesse, drive and salty, so drinkable. But will need time.

Critic score
92/100
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Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£21.28
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£127.68

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    South Africa
  • Grape
    43% Grenache/Garnacha
    32% Cinsault
    14% Shiraz/Syrah
    11% Carignan/Cariñena/Mazuelo
  • Maturity
    Young 2021 - 2030
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    12%
2018 Howard John, Lourens Family Wines, Piekenierskloof

TASTING NOTES

Named after Franco Lourens' dad, whose image appears on the label, Howard John is a separately fermented blend of mostly Grenache with 57% divided between Cinsault, Syrah and Carignan. Dry farmed and fermented with a high proportion of whole bunches, it's pale, savoury and spicy with racy red cherry and pomegranate fruit.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com (September 2019)
92/100

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