La Motte’s Millennium is a trusted choice when it comes to South African red wines and one of the first successful Bordeaux-style blends made in this country. La Motte has now released the 2016 edition of the La Motte Millennium consisting of Merlot (51%), Cabernet Franc (30%), Petit Verdot (9%) and Malbec (10%).
Grapes originate from Walker Bay, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. Several clones are represented and each vineyard grows in its own macro climate in a wide variety of soil types. Each of the different terroirs make a unique contribution to the flavour and structure of the wine. The various components were matured separately for 12 months in old 225-litre French oak barrels, before blending, filtration and bottling.
A nose of raspberry (Merlot) and English toffee (oak) combine in a harmonious way and complements the slight herbaciousness (Cabernet Franc) and earthy aromas of beetroot and leafy undergrowth. The Malbec and Petit Verdot add subtle spice and contribute to the intensity of the wine’s colour. The palate is juicy with concentrated blueberries, a fresh acidity and finishes with toffee and cinnamon.
The 2016 La Motte Millennium is a versatile partner with food and responds very well to red meats, game, roasts and noble, matured cheese. Its accommodating structure also allows for mild curries such as the traditional Cape bobotie and it is a stalwart with creamy sauces and mushroom pastas.
Cellarmaster Edmund Terblanche shares his thoughts on the 2016 La Motte Millennium. (Click for Video)