La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier – Media Release: Best South African Wine in Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition

Reaffirming Franschhoek-based La Motte wine estate’s status as a producer of fine wines, its 2013 Pierneef Syrah Viognier has collected the 2015 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition’s trophy for Best South African Wine.

The competition results were announced at the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Fair on Thursday, 5 November.

“This, is a wonderful acknowledgement of our focus and dedication – making wines that showcase the diversity and beauty of South African terroir in a style that is complex, yet elegant. This recognition also serves as motivation to continuously focus on the potential of the Asian market”, says La Motte CEO, Hein Koegelenberg.

Following on the exceptional performance of prior vintages, the 2013 Pierneef Syrah Viognier can now add this remarkable title to being listed as one of the Top 100 Wines in South Africa, coveted gold medals in the Concours International de Lyon competition, China Wine & Spirit Awards and the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show as well as a platinum rating in the SA Wine Index. (Complete awards list)

The extraordinary performance of the estate’s premium Pierneef Collection also acknowledges the success of introducing cool climate styles to its portfolio. The limited volume 2013 Pierneef Syrah Viognier is made from grapes obtained from site-specific vineyards grown predominantly in the cooler South Coast region.

A blend of 90% Shiraz from the Walker Bay (65%) and Elim (35%) areas as well as 10% Viognier from Franschhoek, the 2013 vintage of this Southern Rhône-style red blend offers good colour, tight, concentrated tannins and a distinct spiciness. The result is a wine full of flavour and complexity but with a certain elegance and finesse typical of a cool climate South African Syrah.

Syrah grapes from the various vineyards were harvested at different times, but always with some Viognier. Grapes were hand-sorted and fermented without stems. Wine was matured in 300-litre French oak barrels (70% new) for 14 months before blending and went back into the barrels for another 4 months thereafter. 12 000 x 6 were bottled.

Notes to the editor


Alcohol 13.85%

Residual sugar 2.8 g/l

Total acidity 5.6 g/l

pH 3.52


2013 Pierneef Syrah Viognier is available at the La Motte tasting room at R230 per bottle.

More information in the name and label artwork

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 architecture, each new release in the Pierneef range reflects a different piece of Pierneef art on its label. Featuring linocut artworks by Pierneef on the front label, the association with the artistry of wine making as well as the estate’s longstanding involvement with art and its passion for the preservation of the country’s art heritage, is strong. Each artwork on the label is accompanied by its original title and Pierneef’s signature and each vintage see the release of 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.

The Pierneef linocut artworks used in the new design elements are from a collection bought by the late Dr. Anton Rupert for his daughter and owner of La Motte, Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg. One of only ten sets of the Pierneef linocuts printed, the collection exhibited in all the visitors’ areas on La Motte consists of 128 pieces with the principle themes; South African landscapes (including Cape Winelands landscapes and Cape Dutch Architecture) and tree studies.

The initial permission for the use of the Pierneef art on the labels of La Motte’s premium wine range resulted in a friendship between Pierneef’s daughter, Marita Bailey, based in the UK, and Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg and her husband, Hein Koegelenberg, CEO of La Motte. It was also this friendship that initiated the return of JH Pierneef’s treasured private collection to South Africa and the La Motte Museum.

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