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Quoin Rock The Nicobar 2011 vs Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2011

World-beater.

Yesterday an “Us vs Them” tasting – five pairs of wines, each consisting of something South African and something from elsewhere in the world. As is so often the case, our whites impressed more than our reds. Pair 1 : Quoin Rock The Nicobar … [Read more...]

La Motte Hanneli R 2009

Mannered.

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 … [Read more...]

La Motte Pierneef Collection Shiraz Viognier 2004 vs. 2007 vs. 2010

Oldest to youngest.

The 2010 vintage of the Pierneef Collection Shiraz Viognier from La Motte in Franschhoek, which was rated in the 2013 edition of Platter’s, has just been released. To explore the age-worthiness of this wine, the cellar showed two older vintages next … [Read more...]

La Motte Pierneef Shiraz Viognier 2007

Going strong.

It was meant to be a beer and pizza party for my birthday yesterday but inevitably the wine came out, the first bottle of the evening being a magnum of La Motte Pierneef Shiraz Viognier 2007. The blend is 91% Shiraz and 9% Viognier, the Shiraz is … [Read more...]

La Motte Shiraz 2010

Minimalist.

Wines made contrary to the norm of power and weight are to be applauded and that certainly seems to have been the intention with the Shiraz 2010 from La Motte (R131 a bottle).  50% of grapes originated from Walker Bay, 30% from Franschhoek, 15% from … [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...]