La Motte Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Greeny straw to light straw in colour. Lots of gooseberry on the nose, together with lemon and tropical notes. Much fuller and sumptuous on the palate than in other years, probably as a result of another dry season that enhanced concentration. The finish is still juicy, light and lingering, with a fresh acidity.

Region: Stellenbosch

Grape Varieties: Sauvignon Blanc

Alc. 12,85% vol.

Residual sugar: 1,7g/l

Total acidity: 6,0g/l

pH: 3,36

Origin:

This wine was made from grapes originating from vineyards growing in different areas in the Cape wine-lands — Franschhoek (30%), Stellenbosch (50%), Elgin (5%), Walker Bay (10%) and Elim (5%).

Vintage:

The dry conditions during the previous two seasons continued and, as a result, the harvest was 15% smaller than in 2017. The previous winter was cold enough to allow adequate dormancy, but occurred late, which delayed budding and the start of harvest-time by two weeks compared to 2017. Dry conditions promoted healthy grapes, while cool conditions preserved good flavours. Frost damage occurred in places. The harvest was also affected by hail damage in the Elim area in November and in the Robertsvlei area near Franschhoek in February.

Viticulture:

Each vineyard grows in its own macro climate and different clones are represented. All the vineyards are trellised and managed to maintain a perfect balance between leaf coverage and yield. Thanks to the different terroirs, each region produces its own distinctive grapes, so grapes from each area make a unique contribution to the character of this wine.

Viniculture:

Grapes were harvested at between 17 and 23 degrees Balling, to capture natural acids and produce fuller, riper flavours. The process was reductive, with cold fermentation (14 °C). After fermentation, the wine was left on the lees for three months to enhance complexity. For further complexity, the wine was blended with 10% Semillon. The first batch of 145 000 cartons (6 x 750 ml) was bottled on the 7th of May 2018 for release as 2018 La Motte Sauvignon Blanc.

Volume: 750ml

Allergy information: Contains Sulfite 

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La Motte Millenium 2017

The nose of this wine tells the story of how it was made. Raspberry (Merlot), a slight herbaciousness (Cabernet Franc) and English toffee (oak) combine in a harmonious way. Malbec and Petit Verdot provide colour and spice. Very perfumy and aromatic with the earthiness of beetroot and leafy undergrowth. Juicy concentrated blueberry fruit on palate with fresh acidity and toffee sweetness. Spicy cinnamon finish.

Region: Franschhoek 

Grape Varieties: Merlot (56%), Cabernet Franc (28%), Petit Verdot (10%) and Malbec (6%).

Alc. 13,89% vol.

Residual sugar: 2,4g/l

Total acidity: 5,7g/l

pH: 3,51

Origin: Grapes for the wine originate from Walker Bay, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

Vintage:

The preceding winter was cold enough to allow good budding, but in some places only 33% of the normal rainfall was received. Initially, growth and bunch-forming were good and indicated a promising harvest. With heat-waves in October and January, and an abnormally high number of days with temperatures over 35 degrees Celsius during summer, harvest potential decreased substantially. Water for irrigation was also limited. Harvesting was 10 — 14 days earlier than usual and, due to the heat, acids are lower and pH’s higher.

Viticulture:

Each vineyard grows in its own macro climate in a wide variety of soil types. Several clones are represented. All the vineyards are trellised according to the Perold system and managed to maintain a perfect balance between leaf coverage and yield. Thanks to the different terroirs, each region produces its own distinctive grapes, so grapes from each region make a unique contribution to flavour and structure.

Viniculture:

Grapes for the wine consist of Merlot (56%), Cabernet Franc (28%), Petit Verdot (10%) and Malbec (6%). Before and after de-stalking, all the grapes were hand-sorted. The de-stalked berries were inoculated with yeast immediately. Fermentation was at between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius while the wine was pumped over. After fermentation the wine was left on the lees for a further 20 days in order to enhance extraction and body. Malolactic fermentation was partly in barrels.

Volume: 750ml

Allergy information: Contains Sulfite 

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La Motte Classic Collection Chardonnay 2017

Greeny straw colour. Fruity lemon and nectarine on the nose, with hints of cashew nut and lees as the only evidence of wood maturation.

A juicy and polished entry, medium-full, with lots of citrus and juicy peach on the palate.

Lively length with good freshness for a wood-matured wine.

Grape Varieties: Chardonnay

Alc. 13,21% vol.

Residual sugar: 1,6g/l

Total acidity: 5,9g/l

pH: 3,4

Origin:

Grapes for this wine originate from La Motte, Franschhoek.

The vineyard lies 200 metres above sea-level, against a southern and south western slope.

Vintage:

The preceding winter started late, but was cold enough to allow adequate dormancy.

For the second consecutive year, rainfall was lower than average and irrigation dams were not filled entirely.

Conditions for budding, flowering and setting were favourable (positive for harvest size), followed by a long, dry season (negative for harvest size). During ripening, cool nights were experienced (good for quality), while dry conditions still prevailed (disease-free and good concentration).

Heat-waves did not present problems. The above conditions resulted in healthy grapes and good concentration, analyses and flavours.

Viticulture:

Vineyard blocks: 6 (4,9 ha) Soil type: Clovelly Direction planted: north-south Density: 4 630 vines per hectare (2,7 m x 0,8 m) Root stock: Richter 99 Clone: CY 3 Year planted: 1997 Trellising: Perold Irrigation: Drip

Viniculture:

All the bunches were whole-pressed and the clean juice was transferred to 300-litre French oak barrels where it was inoculated with yeast and fermented at between 17 and 20 degrees Celsius.

Malolactic fermentation was also in the barrels. One third of the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks, without malolactic fermentation.

After fermentation the lees was stirred regularly over a period of 11 months. 25% of the French oak barrels in which the wine was matured were new. All the components were blended subsequent to maturation and the wine was bottled in the La Motte cellar in April 2018.

6 500 cartons (6 x 750 ml) were released as 2017 La Motte Chardonnay.

Volume: 750ml

Allergy information: Contains Sulfite 

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La Motte Syrah 2016

Franschhoek’s Syrah-grapes have a natural fruitiness that includes red berry and mulberry flavours. The Durif adds some plum fruit. One of the blocks that is largely in the shade, yields black pepper spice, reasonably prominent on the palate. With the added wood flavours, this wine is very attractive and well balanced.

Origin: For the first time since the 2000 vintage, La Motte Syrah is 100% of origin Franschhoek.

Grape Varieties: Syrah

Alc. 13,5% vol.

Residual sugar: 3,2g/l

Total acidity: 5,8g/l

pH: 3,49

Vintage:

The preceding winter was wet and cold enough to ensure good and even budding. A hot August caused fast budding and an earlier season. The rest of the season was dry, windy and disease-free, with no heat-waves — very positive factors. Due to climatic conditions, the harvest, that was large, lost moisture, enhancing concentration and eventually ensuring excellent quality. Analyses and flavours are promising.

Viticulture:

The Syrah vineyards at La Motte Wine Estate are between 10 and 30 years old and are spread over different blocks with different soil profiles. The blocks lie between 200 and 300 metres above sea level. The soil has a sandstone and granite origin and varies from a heavier texture against slopes to sandy soil with good drainage where the landscape is flat. All vineyards are trellised. Each of the different clones and micro climates on the estate makes a unique contribution to the character of the wine.

Viniculture:

When picked, the grapes were ripe, but still firm. Grapes were cooled overnight before 100% de-stemming. The whole berries were placed into stainless steel tanks. Selected yeasts were added immediately and fermentation was at between 24 and 28 degrees Celsius. Allowing good aeration, the tanks were pumped over twice a day. The majority of the tanks were pressed before fermentation, to promote elegance and soft extraction. The wine was matured in 300-litre barrels of French oak, 30% of which were new. In order to promote colour and structure, the wine was blended with 15% Durif. The wine was bottled in October 2016 and 12 500 cartons (6 x 750 ml) were released as 2015 La Motte Syrah.

Volume: 750ml

Allergy information: Contains Sulfite 

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La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Grapes from three areas were combined, to create a complex wine. Bot River yields good tannin structure and colour, Franschhoek yields pure berry fruit, and grapes from Stellenbosch yield volume and light mint spice. Cinsaut lowers the alcohol content and enhances fruit and elegance.

Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon

Alc. 13,5% vol.

Residual sugar: 3,0g/l

Total acidity: 5,8g/l

pH: 3,58

Origin: Grapes for the wine originate from vineyards at Stellenbosch (50%), Franschhoek (30%) and Bot River (20%).

Vintage:

The preceding winter was cold enough to allow good budding, but in some places only 33% of the normal rainfall was received.

Initially, growth and bunch-forming were good and indicated a promising harvest.

With heat-waves in October and January, and an abnormally high number of days with temperatures over 35 degrees Celsius during summer, harvest potential decreased substantially. Water for irrigation was also limited. Harvesting was 10 - 14 days earlier than usual and, due to the heat, acids are lower and pH’s higher.

Viticulture:

Stellenbosch vineyards consist of bush-vines from the Helderberg and Bottelary areas, while Stellenbosch and Nabot vineyards are trellised.

To promote complexity, different clones from different origins were used.

Viniculture:

Grapes were picked in crates and cooled overnight.

After cooling, the grapes were hand-sorted before and after de-stemming, and then inoculated with selected yeasts.

Fermentation was at between 23 and 28 degrees Celsius. The wine was pumped over three times a day. Following fermentation, extended lees contact of between 20 and 30 days was allowed. For 16 months the wine was matured in 300-litre French oak barrels – 33% new, 33% second-fill and 34% third-fill. Thereafter the Cabernet Sauvignon lots were blended. For added elegance, 8% Cinsaut was also blended in. The wine was bottled in October 2017. 18 000 cartons (6 x 750 ml) were released as 2016 La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon.

Volume: 750ml

Allergy information: Contains Sulfite 

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La Motte Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Vineyards in the cool, emerging wine-producing areas close to the southern tip of Africa are combined to produce Wines of Origin Cape South Coast. The wine is thiol-driven, with specifically citrus flavours, as well as greenpepper and gooseberry flavours lingering in the background.

The palate is exceptionally elegant, with a mineral finish. This wine will be at its optimum best in 2018.

Origin: Franschhoek

The Sauvignon Blanc originates from vineyards in Elgin, Bot River, Elim and Napier. The Semillon comes from Elim.

These vineyards fall under the new origin of Cape South Coast and are some of the most southerly vineyards in Africa.

Grape Varieties: Sauvignon Blanc (92%), Semillion (8%)

Alc. 12,68% vol.

Residual sugar: 1,8g/l

Total acidity: 7,0g/l

pH: 3,29

Vintage:

The preceding winter started late but was cold enough for sufficient dormancy.

For the second successive year the rainfall was below average, resulting in irrigation dams being only half full.

Conditions were favourable for budding, blooming and berry setting - all promising a substantial harvest - but a long, dry season followed that could result in a smaller harvest. Cool, dry nights during the ripening period are conducive to quality, and ensure a healthy harvest and concentration. Heatwaves posed no serious problem. These factors all contributed to healthy grapes with a good concentration, analysis and flavour.

Viticulture:

Each vineyard grows in its own macroclimate and different clones are represented.

All the vineyards are trellised and managed to maintain a perfect balance between leaf coverage and yield.

Most of the soils are of shale origin and the potential is medium.

Cooler conditions maintain low fertility, with a yield of approximately 6 tons/ha.

Elgin boasts deeper, high-potential soil with a yield of approximately 8 tons/ha.

Viniculture:

The grapes were harvested at between 20 and 22 degrees Balling.

The wine was left on the lees for approximately 16 hours and fermentation was at approximately 14 °C.

The wine was removed from the heavy lees and left on the fine lees for a 5-months period after which the blending process started.

The wine was bottled in August 2017 and 8 000 cartons (6 x 750 ml) will be released.

Volume: 750ml

Allergy information: Contains Sulfite 

Importer:

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La Motte Pierneef Collection Syrah Viognier 2015

Good colour and tight, concentrated tannins from the Walker Bay area are combined with spicy, intensely-flavoured wine from Elim, to produce a wine full of flavour and complexity. Intense aromas of green pepper, mulberry, rose perfume and spicy oak are present. Soft, velvety entry with polished silky tannins lively and fresh on the finish.

Origin: The Syrah component is from the Walker Bay (54%) and Elim (40%) areas, while the Viognier (6%) originates from Franschhoek.

Grape Varieties: Syrah (94%) & Viognier (6%)

Alc. 13,87% vol.

Residual sugar: 3,0g/l

Total acidity: 5,8g/l

pH: 3,48

Vintage:

The preceding winter was wet and cold enough to ensure good and even budding.

A hot August caused fast budding and an earlier harvesting season.

The rest of the season was dry, windy and disease-free, with no heat-waves – very positive factors. Due to climatic conditions, the harvest, that was large, lost moisture, enhancing concentration and eventually ensuring excellent quality.  Analyses and flavours were promising.

Viticulture:

The Elim vineyards grow in duplex soils with a high content of ferrocrete (coffee stone).

The Walker Bay vineyards grow in shallow shale and the Franschhoek vineyards in deep, sandy decomposed sandstone and granite.

Cool conditions at Elim resulted in a natural low yield of about 5 tons/ha.

The Walker Bay vineyards also rendered a low yield because of dry and windy conditions and shallow shale soils.

The Franschhoek Viognier was chosen because of its late ripening and was picked together with the Syrah, in order to co-ferment.

Viniculture:

Grapes from the different Syrah vineyards were harvested at different times, but always together with some Viognier.

The grapes were hand-sorted, followed by fermentation without stems.

Regular pump-overs were done during fermentation at about 25 degrees Celsius.

After about 25 days’ maceration, the free run and press wine were transferred together to 300-litre barrels and then matured for 14 months.

75% of the barrels were new.

Blending took place and the wine was returned to barrels for another 4 months before bottling took place in November 2016.

13 500 cartons (6 x 750 ml) were bottled.

Volume: 750ml

Allergy information: Contains Sulfite 

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La Motte Hanelli R 2012

The combination of a good vintage and 40 months of wood maturation has produced a wine with exceptional depth, complexity and personality. The intensely distinctive nose shows rose petal perfume with black berry and mulberry fruit, as well as cinnamon and black pepper spice. An elegant wine with a lively presence and lingering after-taste.

Origin: The wine is a blend of Syrah (60%), Grenache (30%) and Petit Syrah (10%). 50% of the Syrah originates from Elim and 50% from Franschhoek, the Grenache is from Walker Bay and the Petit Syrah from Franschhoek.

Grape Varieties: Syrah (60%), Grenache (30%), Petit Syrah (10%)

Alc. 13,77% vol.

Residual sugar: 2,8g/l

Total acidity: 6,2g/l

pH: 3,42

Vintage:

A number of factors resulted in a lower than average yield in most of the areas from which the grapes originate. Although it was reasonably cool during the growing season, some areas experienced drought conditions. Areas that did not have irrigation water available during the late season experienced further losses later. The season will be remembered especially because of the heat waves in late January – during three consecutive days the temperature rose above 40 degrees Celsius in the Boland, followed, a few days later, by two more days of above 40 degrees.

Viticulture:

The Shiraz vineyards of Elim are trellised and grow in shale with a layer of “koffieklip” (coffee stone). This, combined with the cool climate, produces wines with intense perfume avours and a minerally palate. The Franschhoek vineyards grow in deep, sandy soil of weathered granite and sandstone and produce elegant wines with a creamy texture. Bot River’s Grenache vineyards grow in more shallow, denser shale and produce wines with a high tannin content and a dark colour. Because the grapes originate from diverse terroirs, the wines have depth and complexity.

Viniculture:

The grape varieties in the blend were harvested and sorted separately and the wines were fermented separately and matured in 300-litre oak barrels. After 40 months’ maturation the wines were blended and then bottled during October 2016. Only 3 300 bottles were produced.

Volume: 750ml

Allergy information: Contains Sulfite 

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