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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...]

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...]