The great pandemic year of 2020 had a lot of changes for Franco. For starters he and his wife Lindi welcomed their first child into their lives with the arrival of Lua Ilse. Secondly, Franco left the nest of working alongside the venerable Chris Alheit and now sharing his own space with an emerging superstar, like himself, Lukas Van Loggerenberg. Having more space to play in the winery has allowed Franco to really get creative and search for new limits. 2019 was a filigree vintage with both red and white varieties having the ideal amount of concentration but also delineation and acidity. This vintage saw Carignan depart and a new block of Cinsault from outside of Malmesbury enter the fold. In 2019, all of the fruit is dry-farmed from bushvines in Swartland. The wine is named after his biggest supporter, investor, father, and the one that has believed in Franco since day one, Howard John Lourens.
The grapes were all hand-picked and sorted before spontaneous fermentation took place in open top fermenters. The grapes were fermented 80% whole-cluster (with a little more than 50% of the Grenache seeing stems, highlighting the fruit purity), gentle hand plunging during the first week, and foot stomping the second week. After 18 days on skins the lots were pressed to old French barrique and tonneau for aging. Following nine months the barrels are racked to tank and bottled without fining or filtration.