La Motte Syrah red wine is a true expression of its Franschhoek terroir where micro-climates from the mountain slopes and valley floors add complexity to the wine’s elegant character. Syrah wine from Franschhoek contains a natural fruitiness that includes red berries and mulberry, while a small percentage Durif provides colour, plum fruit and texture.
The full-bodied character of this red wine harmonises perfectly with rich, flavourful dishes, grilled foods (including grilled vegetables), game dishes (particularly those incorporating stewed fruit and sweet aromatic spice components), peppercorn-crusted steaks and barbecued meat in a sticky, sweet sauce. The red wine’s abundant fruit also latches onto the sweetness in jellies, chutneys and berry sauces.
This Chardonnay white wine is excellent with caviar, snails, carpaccio paté, crayfish (Cape rock lobster), prawns, mussels, perlemoen (abalone) and creamy cheese.
Grapes for this white wine originate from La Motte in Franschhoek. The vineyard lies 200 metres above sea level, against a southern and southwestern slope.
Viognier with is distinctive aromatic properties was chosen for this wine while the special drying process and barrel maturation ensured its golden colour. Intense dried apricot and almond as well as the distinctive aroma of jasmine flowers are prominent on the nose. These flavours follow through on the palate with a silky texture and nutty aftertaste.
The 2017 La Motte Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) will complement a wide range of South African foods. This bubbly is good with most local cheeses, especially soft cheese, luxury food such as oysters and crayfish, eggs in all forms, line fish with or without sauce, pastries, especially mushroom quiche, salads, carpaccio and light meats such as poultry, veal and pork.
This complex, rewarding wine has an attractive dark colour and reflects the good vintage of rich concentration. On the nose there are layers of spice, with prominent pepper backed up by blackberry fruit. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with smooth tannins surrounded by liquorice and berry flavours.