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La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier 2013

Food, art and culture are given much prominence at La Motte in Franschhoek so it’s sometimes difficult to know what to think about the wines but the two current releases in the top-end Pierneef Collection are impressive. Tasting notes and scores below: Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Price: R120 W.O. Cape South Coast – grapes from [...]

June 25, 2015
by Christian
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Nedbank Green Wine Awards 2014: results

Results of the sixth annual Nedbank Green Wine Awards were announced earlier today. There were 49 entries of wines from organically grown grapes and 104 entries of wines from BWI members. This year’s results (full coverage available with the November issue of Getaway): Best wines made from Organically Grown Grapes Best White, Best Wine Overall: [...]

October 16, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Quoin Rock The Nicobar 2011 vs Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2011

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 2011 vs Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2011 The Quoin Rock had elegance [...]

September 15, 2014
by Christian
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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 Pierneef Collection Shiraz Viognier 2004 vs. 2007 vs. 2010

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 to it. La Motte Pierneef Collection Shiraz Viognier 2004 Price: R495 89% Shiraz, 11% [...]

August 28, 2013
by Christian
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La Motte Pierneef Shiraz Viognier 2007

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 from a variety of sources including Bot River [...]

May 16, 2013
by Christian
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La Motte Shiraz 2010

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 Swartland and 5% from Paarl and in search of extra [...]

April 11, 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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