Made from grapes originating from some of South Africa’s most Southerly vineyards in Elim, La Motte’s recently released 2022 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc offers the elegance and delightful mineral finish of a cool climate Sauvignon Blanc. With the addition of 15% Semillon, this wine is made in a style that lends itself to beautiful bottle maturation while being an exceptionally versatile partner on the dinner table.
Each vineyard grows in its own macro climate and different clones are represented. The soils are of shale origin and the vineyards are trellised to maintain a perfect balance between leaf coverage and yield. Fertility is low with a yield of approximately 6 tons p/ha. Grapes were harvested at between 20 and 22 degrees Balling. The wine was allowed 16 hours of skin contact with fermentation at approximately 14 degrees Celsius. It was left on the fine lees for 5 months, before blending. 4500 x 6 were released.
The 2022 vintage is an intricate, but elegant wine with a lingering minerality. Thiol-driven, this premium Sauvignon Blanc offers expressive citrus complemented by green pepper and Cape gooseberry. After a recent tasting of vintages from 2010, Cellarmaster Edmund Terblanche was again impressed by the Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc's exceptional maturation in the bottle. Although already a beautiful glass of wine to enjoy on its own or at the dinner table, he is confident that the 2022 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc is sure to bring drinking pleasure for a few years to come.
With its delightful mineral finish, the 2022 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc is a delicious and versatile choice with a variety of menu options. It harmonises beautifully with seafood and salads, even when tomatoes are a main ingredient. It is an exceptional choice with those often-challenging Asian flavours and even a charming partner to subtle Mediterranean inspirations.
The 2022 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc is available online or at the cellar door for R170 per bottle.
Try the 2022 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc with this recipe for Prosciutto wrapped chicken breast with ricotta and green fig stuffing.