Lourens Family Wines Lua Ilse Grenache 2021
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PRODUCER: When does the apprentice become the master? Franco Lourens was the assistant winemaker at Alheit Family Wines in Walker Bay. This breathtakingly self-assured range, in almost a blink of an eye, placed Franco into the very top bracket of top-end New Wave SA producers. Franco is a leading light of South Africa’s New Wave and champion of old-vine Chenin, among others. From Chris’s cellar in Hemel-en-Aarde Franco has made some serious wines. I mean, these are impressive bottlings by any standard – powerful, concentrated, yet supremely elegant and finely detailed.
WINEMAKING: The grapes were hand-harvested and lugged back to the cellar in small picking bins. 75% of the fruit was destemmed but not crushed with the remaining portion left fully intact. Fermentation occurred without any additions in open top one-ton fermenters with the whole clusters placed atop the destemmed fruit. Franco hang plunged the wine a few times daily for the first four days to get the ferment active. After nearly two weeks on skins the wine was gently pressed to two old 300L French tonneau for aging. After ten months the wine was racked to tank to settle overnight and bottled without fining or filtration and just a small sulfur addition.
TASTING NOTE: Raspberry in color. The perfume on this wine is truly intoxicating with succulent strawberry and raspberry notes converging with more piquant cranberry fruits. Floral tones converge with the stemmy parts of the flowers as well. The palate is ample but by no means heavy with mouthwatering acidity and sandpaper-like tannins. This is an intense wine that is wrapped in pure finesse.