"Change is the only constant in life” said Heraclitus in the late 6th century already, but never has it been more true than in today’s fast-paced world. While there is much to enjoy about change - the energy and dynamic character of an evolving society, personalised products and augmented offerings - there is also something to be said for consistency. Something you can always find in the trusted La Motte Sauvignon Blanc.
While much of wine’s charm is in the way it reflects terroir and vintage, being consistent when it comes to quality and style also holds special appeal. Recently released the 2019 La Motte Sauvignon Blanc’s acidity was higher than in previous vintages due to a relative cool summer and uneven ripening. Balanced by an almost medium-bodied weight, however, the 2019 still charms with the freshness, juiciness and lingering lemon and tropical fruit expected from La Motte Sauvignon Blanc. In the style of previous vintages, this latest release is all about elegance and balance and makes for a confident and reliable choice – regardless of whether it will be enjoyed as a glass on its own or as a partner on the dinner table.
Each year the estate captures the best of various terroir to ensure it capitalises on the strengths of the vintage while maintaining the freshness and well-integrated flavour profile the wine is renowned for. Grapes for the 2019 La Motte Sauvignon Blanc came from Stellenbosch (50%), Franschhoek (25%) and the Cape South Coast (25%). Grapes were harvested at between 17- and 23-degrees Balling to complement the season’s natural acids and produce fuller, riper flavours. The process was reductive, with cold fermentation (14 °C). For added complexity, the wine was left on the lees for three months after fermentation and 8% Semillon was added to the blend.
Very polished and silky, the 2019 La Motte Sauvignon Blanc pairs beautifully with salty canapés, fresh salads and seafood. While a natural partner to goat’s cheese, it is also the solution to those often hard-to-match Asian flavours and on its own, a favourite for summer or sunset.
Try Chef Eric Bulpitt's Grandma's Garden Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette as a lovely summer's pairing with the 2019 La Motte Sauvignon Blanc!