Last Friday, a visit to Franschhoek cellar La Motte. Total production is some 70 000 cases, half of which is standard-label Sauvignon Blanc. A multi-regional blend if ever there was one, the 2011 consists of fruit from Franschhoek (30%), Elgin (15%), Walker Bay (10%), Nieuwoudtville (10%), Darling and West Coast (10%), Durbanville (10%), Stellenbosch (10%) and Elim (5%). It’s a nicely understated wine with yellow apple flavour and moderate acidity. I scored it 16/20 and think it should have wide appeal. Cellar price is R60 a bottle.
One tier up is the Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc made exclusively from organically grown grapes on La Motte’s Bot River property, production of the 2011 amounting to 5 400 cases. This is a more demanding offering showing greater palate weight and a not unpleasant “sweatiness” while the acidity is suitably zippy and fresh. I scored it 16/20 when I encountered during judging for the Nedbank Green Wine Awards but suspect it won’t meet with quite the same general favour as its stable mate. Cellar price is R100 a bottle.