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2012 La Motte Syrah

2012 La Motte Syrah

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Years of experience in producing this variety have enabled La Motte to combine the grapes of a number of cool terroirs to capture juicy berry-fruit, sweet liquorice, violet flowers and pepper spice. Traditionally a very bold variety, this rewarding Syrah has been refined into a medium-bodied, highly accessible wine.

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This wine originates from different vineyards in the Cape Winelands: Franschhoek (45%), Walker Bay (25%), Elim (15%), Paarl (10%) and Stellenbosch (5%).

A number of factors resulted in a lower than average yield. Especially dry-land vineyards experienced weight losses later in the season. It was fairly cool during the growing season, with the exception of late January, when the temperature rose above 40 degrees Celsius for three consecutive days, followed, a few days later, by two more days of over 40 degrees. Generally, it was a good year, with reds showing good colour and intense flavour.

The vineyards all have unique macro climates and grow in a large variety of soil types. Different clones are represented. All the vineyards are trellised according to a wire system and managed to maintain a perfect balance between leaf coverage and yield. Thanks to the different terroirs, each area produces its own distinctive grapes, so grapes form each area make a unique contribution to flavour and structure. Each area has a different harvest date. The grapes for this wine were harvested over a period of one month.

Grapes were picked when still firm, but ripe. The bunches were de-stemmed and hand-sorted. Whole berries were pumped into an open stainless steel tank, inoculated and cool-fermented (20 – 24 degrees Celsius), while pumping over allowed thorough aeration. Malolactic fermentation started in the tanks and finished in 300-litre French oak barrels (30% new). The wine was matured for 14 months, then blended, filtered and bottled. The blend includes Grenache (6%), Temperanillo (3%), Petit Syrah (2%) and Cinsaut (2%). 20 000 cartons (6 x 375 ml) were produced.

Optimal Syrah terroir, timely picking at the correct ripeness and blending with a complementary varieties ensure that this is a wine of balance, complexity, freshness and finesse. Intense perfume and rose petal aromas are backed up by cranberry fruit and aniseed spice. The palate shows a juicy entry with raspberry fruit, chalky tannin and a hint of fresh mint in the finish.

Alcohol 13,7% Vol
Residual sugar 2,5 g/l
Total acid 5,7 g/l
pH 3,53