This wine by Franco Lourens has come a long way in a relatively short time. Franco first produced this wine, honouring his lovely wife, in 2015. We were hooked from day one. But that was just a taste of what this wine can become. In November 2018 Franco received 5 stars for the 2017 vintage at the launch of the Platters Guide 2019. A fantastic achievement for a young talented guy.
Franco became assistant winemaker at the highly acclaimed Alheit Vineyards in 2017. Here he can expand his knowledge and passion for Chenin Blanc whilst also having the freedom to make his own wines. He is quick to thank Chris Alheit for his guidance in vineyard selection as well as cellar practices, but truth be told, this Lindi Carien was destined to become something big from the first vintage.
The blend is made up as follows:
37% Verdelho from the oldest block in SA (Stellenbosch)
31% Chenin Blanc (Swartland)
15% Grenache Blanc (Stellenbosch) skin fermented
12% Roussanne (Voor Paardeberg)
5% Clairette Blanche (Stellenbosch) matured in Amphora Pots
No yeast, acid, enzymes or fining agents were used. The wine matured for 10 months in old French Barrels and Amphora Pots.
Corlien says: Smooth sailing! An elegant blend with a gentle nose and beautifully restrained finish. She lures you in but keeps you guessing. Every sip reveals another side of this complex yet lighter style wine.
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Lourens Family Wines is a small family owned wine business, which officially started in January 2016. We aim to produce honest wines that tell a story about where the grapes are from and the passionate farmers cultivating these specific sites and vineyards. We want to make wines that have personality and character but most importantly taste really good!
My wine making philosophy is pretty simple and straight forward. I try to make wines with minimal interference in the winery and I truly believe that my wines are predominantly made in the vineyards. I don’t add any yeast, acid; enzymes or fining agents and I only use old oak barrels and clay pots for maturation. I love to work with lesser known varieties and learning more about them every year.
2019 was a very exciting and promising vintage for Lourens Family Wines.
We were hoping to increase the production of wines with this vintage, but the barrel selection was very strict and therefore the total production of this vintage was almost the same as the 2018 vintage.
The sad news is that unfortunately there will be no Skuinskap Steen Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2019, the quality was just not good enough and therefore we decided to not produce it.
The good news is that we produced another vintage of Blouklip Steen Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2019 again this year, after not producing it the year before.
We also launched a new wine in 2019, the Grenache Noir from Piekenierskloof named after my daughter Lua Ilse. We made this wine to celebrate the birth of our little girl that changed our lives from the minute that she was born. And the one that inspires me every day.
Franco Lourens, Lourens Family Wines