La Motte makes incredibly good wine. I have drank their wine for years and it was an absolute pleasure to finally visit their farm and tasting room. The farm is beautiful with this elegant statue waiting to great you as you drive up the entrance way. When I saw it from far I wondered why they had a dementor statue… Don’t judge me! Their tasting room is gorgeous- exuding worldy class and comfort with a fire place I will be back to visit in the winter months.
One of my favourite La Motte wines is their 2009 Hanneli R which is perfect for a winter Sunday Lunch. The Hanneli R is not for tasting at their tasting rooms but there is plenty in the range available to try.
The tasting costs R40 and you get to try 6 wines. We loved the 2011 La Motte Chardonnay which was buttery and rich but had a wonderful wood balance. Chardonnays can tend to be heavy and overpowering whereas La Motte has got it just right.
The 2011 La Motte Millenium is 60% Merlot, 31% Cab Franc and the remaining a combination of Petit Verdot and Malbec. Petit Verdot is a favourite varietal of mine and it is wonderful to see it shining through. The Merlot gives a slight spicey mulled red berry flavour to the wine which is nicely balanced with the herbiness of the Cab Franc. This is a gorgeous blend for a great price that I think will age even further.
I found both their 2010 La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz to be a little young. Big red wines sometimes need a little longer than you expect. The Cabernet Sauvignon has great potential with the wonderful plum and berry flavours but I feel the wine is a little too big and the tannins a little too present. This can easily be fixed with another two years in the bottle.
The Shiraz is very typical with big strong spicy flavours and red currant berries. This wine is the more ready to drink of the two. But again I would bottle it for another year.
Do give La Motte a visit next time you’re in the Franschhoek area. The tasting staff are incredibly informative and approachable and greatly added to our wine experience. The tasting room is a real beauty and their wines are delicious. And I hear they do an amazing food and wine pairing (note to self: look into that)!
I would love to hear about your wine tasting experiences in Franschhoek! Do you have a favourite Franschhoek wine farm or wine pairing?
- Location: R45 Main Road, Franschhoek Valley
- Opening times: Monday to Saturday from 9am til 5pm
- Contact details: 021 876 8000 or firstname.lastname@example.org