Continuing the saga of our wine and safari excursion to South Africa…
It certainly looked good online and was recommended in books. As our wine explorations in Franschhoek continued, we found that La Motte exceeded expectations in every way.
Viticulture at La Motte dates back to 1752 when 4,000 vines were planted by Huguenot descendant Gabriël du Toit. In 1970 the estate was purchased by Dr. Anton Rupert and developed into a world-class winery and sought-after tourist destination.
A bridge over a stream guides you into the stylish and friendly tasting room. There is a nice assortment of seating options, a fireplace and large glass panels with an unimpeded view into the barrel room. In keeping with the upscale ambiance, the servers are dubbed “wine ambassadors.”
The 2014 La Motte Sauvignon Blanc has aroma of cut grass with green apple and citrus flavors. At 60R (or about $5 US) this is an unthinkable value. The 2014 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc is vinified sur lie for 16 hours. This gives the wine a bigger body and more character. An excellent Sauvignon Blanc for not much more in price.
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon offers classic cabernet flavors. Black currant and violet rule this elegant wine. This is a QPR (Quality Price Ratio) winner at about $10 US.
We finished with a pair of Syrah. The 2011 La Motte Syrah is a cool terroir wine that was juicy and medium bodied. The winner of the Syrah faceoff, though, was the 2013 La Motte Pierneef Syrah. Although a younger wine, this is more of what a Syrah should be. It has 10% Viognier (a white variety) to add some raciness to the spice of the Syrah. It offers style and finesse.