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Platter Review: 4 *
SA Wine Index - 100 points
Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge 2019 – Gold
The nose of this wine tells the story of how it was made. Raspberry (Merlot), a slight herbaciousness (Cabernet Franc) and English toffee (oak) combine in a harmonious way. Malbec and Petit Verdot provide colour and spice. Very perfumy and aromatic with the earthiness of beetroot and leafy undergrowth. Juicy, concentrated blueberry fruit on palate with fresh acidity and toffee sweetness. Spicy cinnamon finish.
This South African interpretation of the famous Bordeaux-style red blend is excellent at countering fat – creamy, buttery or otherwise fat-laden dishes such as duck-liver are excellent partners. Its accommodating structure befriends mild curries such as the traditional Cape bobotie and it is a stalwart with creamy sauces and mushrooms. Also responds very well to red meats, game, roasts and noble, matured cheese.
Merlot (44%), Cabernet Franc (37%), Petit Verdot (9%) and Malbec (10%)
This variety stands for soft red wines with fruity aromas and herbs. Furthermore, Malbec and Petit Verdot deliver spicy berry aromas as well as strong tannins. A part Cabernet Sauvignon completes the whole to an expressive, balanced red wine.
The winery La Motte can look back on a long tradition: in 1752, the first vines have been planted there. But only when the estate came into possession of the family Rupert it became one of the most important internationally renowned wine producers. Today, the winery presents wines of a top class in the region around Franschhoek and Paarl, which is impressively confirmed by the La Motte Millennium
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