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Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Collection Chenin Blanc Grenache Blanc 2012

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 brand that most consumers are quite [...]

June 19, 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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Leopard’s Leap Family Collection Syrah Mourvèdre Viognier 2008

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 Tomlin. Ultra-modern and impeccably tasteful, the 300-person capacity facility is emphatic evidence that the Leopard’s Leap brand is on [...]

February 17, 2012
by Christian
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U2’s Bono enjoys La Motte wines

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 Rupert-Koegelenberg. He apparently apologized to occupant Ciska Wied by saying “Oops, that was an [...]

February 20, 2011
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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