Wines made contrary to the norm of power and weight are to be applauded and that certainly seems to have been the intention with the Shiraz 2010 from La Motte (R131 a bottle). 50% of grapes originated from Walker Bay, 30% from Franschhoek, 15% from Swartland and 5% from Paarl and in search of extra complexity, 5% Grenache, 5% Temperanillo, 3% Cinsaut and 2% Carignan have been added. A light touch when it comes to oaking, the wine matured for 14 months in French oak, only 30% new.
How successful is the outcome? There are hints of red fruit and spice on the nose, as you might expect, but generally it’s quite shy. The palate is medium bodied, with really good freshness and fine tannins. Well balanced but short on detail, surprisingly so given how it was put together – I’m all for understatement but this is perhaps too much so.