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La Motte Pierneef Collection Shiraz Viognier 2004 vs. 2007 vs. 2010

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The 2010 vintage of the Pierneef Collection Shiraz Viognier from La Motte in Franschhoek, which was rated in the 2013 edition of Platter’s, has just been released. To explore the age-worthiness of this wine, the cellar showed two older vintages next to it.

La Motte Pierneef Collection Shiraz Viognier 2004
Price: R495
89% Shiraz, 11% Viognier. Pale red, brown rim. Red fruit, potpourri and some subtle savoury character. No real tannic grip to speak of. Seems rather fragile – just past its peak.

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La Motte Pierneef Collection Shiraz Viognier 2007
Price: R286
91% Shiraz, 9% Viognier. Bright red. Red fruit and a subtle hint of peach. Medium bodied with fine tannins, savoury on the finish. Stylish if not utterly compelling. At its peak.

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La Motte Pierneef Collection Shiraz Viognier 2010
Price: R199
88% Shiraz, 12% Viognier. Bright red, violet rim. More red fruit than black, bright acidity and fine, spicy tannins. Really pure and well defined. Very enticing but good for at least the next two years.

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