Franco Lourens recently became assistant winemaker at the acclaimed Alheit Vineyards and his own label 2016s are damn fine, tasting notes and ratings as follows:
Lindi Carien 2016
34% Grenache Blanc from Piekenierskloof, 31% Verdelho from Stellenbosch, 21% Roussanne from Stellenboch and 15% Chenin Blanc sourced from both Stellenbosch and Swartland. On the nose , white peach, potpourri and dried herbs. The palate is light bodied and tightly wound with pure fruit, fresh acidity and a very dry finish. Has a lovely restraint about it.
Editor’s rating: 93/100.
Howard John 2016
43% Cinsault from Darling and Stellenbosch, 43% Carignan from Wellington and 14% Grenache from Bot River. The nose displays red and black berries, fresh herbs, earth and spice. As with its counterpart, the wine has a striking clarity about it – well defined fruit, fresh acidity and firm but not astringent tannins.
Editor’s rating; 93/100.
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