Awarded with a gold medal at the 2017 Mundus Vini Grand International Wine Awards, La Motte’s recently released 2016 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc reaffirms its status as a complex and intriguing style of Sauvignon Blanc – ideal for both the dinner table and maturation cellar for those who prefer their whites a bit more matured.
The 2016 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc is a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon. The grapes originate from the cool climate of the South Coast with the Sauvignon Blanc harvested in Elgin, Bot River, Elim and Napier and the Semillon in Elim. These vineyards fall under the new Origin Cape South Coast classification and are amongst the most southerly situated vineyards in Africa.
Fermentation took place at 14 degrees Celsius. The wine received skin contact for 16 hours and was left on the fine lees for 5 months before blending and bottling on the estate.
While not made in a full-ripe style, the 2016 vintage offers intense citrus and granadilla flavours with fresh green pepper in the background. The palate is elegant with a lovely minerality to the finish. The flavour profile is intricate, the wine versatile and the maturation potential of this limited release, exceptional.
The 2016 La Motte Sauvignon Blanc is available online or at the cellar door for R120 per bottle.
As part of the ultra-premium Pierneef range which is a tribute to South African artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886 – 1957), famous for his mastership in portraying the unadorned beauty of the South African landscape and its architecture, each new release in the range reflects six different linocut artworks – essentially six different labels. This means that each six-bottle presentation of the Pierneef Collection will offer a collection of different artworks selected for that specific vintage.