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La Motte Hanneli R 2009

La Motte in Franschhoek has just released the 2009 vintage of its flagship wine, the Hanneli R. 53% Shiraz from Elim, 25% Grenache from Darling, 8% Carignan from Malmesbury, 8% Cinsaut from the West Coast and 6% Merlot from Walker Bay. 36 months in 300-litre French oak barrels, 100% new. 3 976 individually numbered bottles [...]

December 5, 2013
by Christian
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La Motte Hanneli R 2005 vs. 2007

How nuanced does a wine rating system have to be? Two vintages of Hanneli R, the flagship wine from La Motte in Franschoek, side by side over the weekend and I ended up scoring them the same although preferring the 2007 over the 2005… Hanneli R 2005: 17/20 55% Shiraz, 29% Grenache, 8% Cinsaut and [...]

January 14, 2013
by Christian
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Spice Route Malabar 2002

Visit the website for Swartland winery Spice Route, and records for flagship red blend Malabar only go back as far as 2003. In fact, 2002 was the maiden vintage and if you want to know anything about it, then a handy reference is Platter’s 2005, which reveals that the wine is a blend of 58% [...]

October 6, 2010
by Christian
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Rhône blends reconsidered

The inaugural Hemel-en-Aarde Wines PSG Konsult Rhône Blend Challenge was held at Creation in Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge on Saturday the panel included Cathy van Zyl MW (chair) Miguel Chan, head sommelier of Southern Sun Deluxe Hotels and me. Here’s how the wines rated (average score in brackets): 1. Spier Creative Block 3 2007 (17.6˙) 2. Newton [...]

September 20, 2010
by Christian
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La Motte Hanneli R 2005

Last night I drank La Motte Hanneli R 2005 to accompany lacquered smoked lamb’s pickled rib, pickled tongue, dried pair dumpling, verjuice poached pear, wilted broad bean shoots and parsnips and crispy lamb’s liver biltong. No, we weren’t eating at home. This was the re-launch of the Franschhoek property owned by Hanneli Rupert and Hein [...]

September 1, 2010
by Christian
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