La Motte Wine Estate is situated in the beautiful Franschhoek Wine Appellation. Wine Maker Edmund Terblanche is fortunate to be able to draw grapes from other appellations to add so much to the aromas and palate of his wines.
The grapes for the La Motte Sauvignon Blanc 2021come from Franschhoek (25%), Stellenbosch (50%) and the Cape South Coast (25%).
In the glass the wine is a pale straw in colour with youthful lime green flashes. The aromas and flavours segue one into the other. Cape gooseberries and Granny Smith apples, desiccated pineapple, granadilla curd. The wine is frisky, with good acidity as a result of the cool season. The mid palate and aftertaste linger, with the fabulous fruit in perfect harmony with the acidity and the residual sugar. Concentrated, intense. Perfect glass on its own as a fresher. Great with food.
I include this wine as Cabernet Sauvignon’s parents are an old Bordeaux vineyard crossing of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. One reason I pick up crushed blackcurrant leaves in both Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.
Edmund has used Franschhoek fruit for its overt fruit presence adding a creamy texture to the wine and those from Stellenbosch adding its lushness and an undertow of mint. In the glass the wine is a deep bloodplum at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. The forward fruit has an undertow of the French oak barrels. Blackcurrant, blueberries, violets, plums and the Stellenbosch mint contribute to the complexity, excellent extract, acidity, minerality and fine tannins. All these point to an ability to mature.
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