2021 La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon
2021 La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon

2021 La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon

Regular price R 170.00 Other Vintages

Thanks to its prominent minerality, firm tannins and flavourful intensity, this wine is a classic partner to red meat. A natural choice with lamb and beef, it also works well with pork and venison. While it loves marinated roasts, rare beef and wintery stews such as a stroganoff, it is not exclusive to the carnivore. The La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys the earthiness of mushrooms and root vegetables like beetroot, the herby fragrance of rosemary and thyme and the sweet smokiness of charred onions.

A classic South African Cabernet Sauvignon with an elegant minerality and typical varietal characteristics such as berry and plum flavours and hints of cloves, mint and cigar box. Well-considered barrel maturation and firm but accessible tannins ensure a full-bodied wine with a rich consistency and lingering finish.

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Grapes for the wine originate from vineyards in Helderberg, Stellenbosch.

Budding was visibly late, ascribed to a later winter and relatively cool climate until even the end of November. Summer remained cool, without heatwaves. As a result of these conditions, harvesting started between 10 and 14 days later than usual and only for the second time in 20 years did La Motte start harvesting as late as February.

All vineyards are trellised and established in the first prominent hills, about 7 km from the False Bay coastline. Soil is a combination of weathered granite and shale with some spots of coffee stone gravel. The soil is well-drained while maintaining good water holding capacity. Sustainable farming practices include vine- yard management to ensure proper aeration and sufficient light. Destalking and sorting are done in the vineyard.

Grapes are harvested at optimal ripeness, destalked and then fermented in stainless steel tanks with pump-overs twice a day. Pressing and barrelling happened three weeks later. The wine was matured for 16 months in 300-litre French oak barrels 100% second fill. The various Cabernet Sauvignon batches were blended and filtered before being bottled in October 2022. 4000 cases (6 x 750ml) of the 2021 La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon were released.

Stellenbosch's Helderberg area is renowned for producing some of the best Cabernet Sauvignons in South Africa. La Motte's 2021 vintage is an intricate wine combining intense berry and plum fruit with clove spice and mint herbs. Expect typical Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics of prominent cigar box and oak-derived toffee in the background. Ample tannins and a full palate with an opulent consistency and persistent finish, indicate exceptional maturation potential.

Alcohol 14.14% vol
Residual sugar 2.4 g/L
Total acid 5.9 g/L
pH 5.58