What I Drank Last Night
Good Booze. Good Food. Good Company.

Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Collection Chenin Blanc Grenache Blanc 2012

Goes with mussels.

Leopard’s Leap was launched in 1999 to serve the UK market and volumes now amounts to 320 000 cases a year with it exported to 40 countries. Local sales make up 70 000 cases with 60% of this happening through the off-trade. How to build a home for a … [Read more...]

La Motte Hanneli R 2005 vs. 2007

Polar opposites.

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 … [Read more...]

Leopard’s Leap Family Collection Syrah Mourvèdre Viognier 2008

Marco Cianfanelli's sculpture at the entrance to Leopard's Leap.

Last night the official opening of the new Franschhoek tasting facility for Leopard’s Leap Vineyards, owned by Hein Koegelenberg and Hanneli-Rupert Koegelenberg of La Motte, and also housing the culinary studio of accomplished Irish-born chef Liam … [Read more...]

U2′s Bono enjoys La Motte wines

Working up a thirst.

In an article entitled “Bono in Boland loo ‘adventure’” in today’s Sunday Times, it is reported that the U2 lead singer accidentally walked into the women’s toilet at Pierneef à La Motte, the restaurant at the Franschhoek winery owned by Hanneli … [Read more...]

La Motte Hanneli R 2005

La Motte winemaker Edmund Terblanche

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 … [Read more...]