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Ratings bunching – two mid-tier Cabs examined

The phenomenon of “ratings bunching” – a range of wines which vary widely in terms of style and price receiving the same score –...

La Motte Hanneli R 2013

I’ve never quite known what to make of the top-of-the-range red blend called Hanneli R from La Motte and the current-release 2013 is no...

La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier 2016

While Syrah-Viognier blends are not nearly as fashionable as they were perhaps 10 years ago, one producer which persists is La Motte in Franschhoek...

La Motte Franschhoek Syrah 2016

The Syrah from La Motte was a multi-regional blend for a long time but since 2015, grapes are sourced exclusively from this cellar’s own...

Top wines of January 2018

Here are our six most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Intellego Elementis 2017 – 95 (read original review here) Neil Ellis Bottelary Hills Pinotage...

Sauvignon Blanc benchmark tasting

On Friday, Paul Cluver Estate in Elgin held a tasting to gauge the quality of its own Sauvignon Blanc against some of the other...

La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier 2015

Not only is the Pierneef Syrah Viognier from Franschhoek cellar La Motte highly critically acclaimed but it’s also made in meaningful volumes, 81 000...

La Motte Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc 2016 from La Motte is a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon - the Sauvignon Blanc from vineyards in...