Lua Ilse, Lourens Family Wines, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, South Africa 2019


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Lourens Family Wines

We are delighted to be able to introduce you to this range from a young winemaker who is very quickly establishing himself at the forefront of the South Africa scene.

Franco Lourens has served his apprenticeship as assistant winemaker to the highly-regarded Chris Alheit while simultaneously establishing his Lourens Family Wines project. From his base in Hermanus, he works with a series of growers to source the best fruit from sites of unique interest before a vinification process that involves indigenous yeasts, very light filtration and omits fining. The results are a spectacular selection of wines that we believe re-affirm Franco’s commitment to his key mantra – “Wines need to be interesting!” We certainly agree!

Lua Ilse 2019

2019 is the maiden vintage of this wine, produced using 100% Grenache Noir. Franco made it to mark the birth of his first daughter, producing only 777 bottles. The grapes are from a dry land bush vine vineyard in Piekenierskloof, vinified with natural yeasts and no fining before maturing for 9 months in old 300 litre French barrels. The nose shows floral perfume before cherry and cranberry plus a little earthiness. The palate is generous without being too rich or heavy – good fruit expression, nice bright acidity and lightly grippy tannins.