Any wine lover has their personal preferred pour and mine has been Sauvignon blanc as long as I can remember. Except for that time when…but let’s not go there, shall we? In the here and now, some local Sauvignon blancs have been nothing short of nectar to my palate, and some of La Motte Wine’s SB’s rank right at the top for me.
I was thrilled to be sent a box of three La Motte SB vintages – 2016, 2017 & 2018 – recently, along with the press release below. These are gorgeous, perfectly balanced wines, delightful to drink on their own and utterly divine paired with food. If you see them in the shops, scoop up as many bottles as you can, from all three vintages, or buy La Motte Online Wine Sales
Posh enough to treat your friends, and fine, so fine, to sip at any time.
‘La Motte’s 2018 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc has just been released and has already received international acclaim with a Gold Medal and acknowledgement as Best of Show South Africa White in the renowned Mundus Vini Spring Tasting 2019!
This exceptional recognition reaffirms the estate’s status as a producer of fine wines and the success of introducing cool climate styles to its portfolio.
The 2018 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc is a blend of 88% Sauvignon Blanc and 12% Semillon. Made exclusively from grapes sourced from the cool Cape South Coast area, the Sauvignon Blanc originates from vineyards in Elim and Napier, and the Semillon from Elim.
Harvested between 20 and 22 degrees Balling, the wine was left on the lees for approximately 16 hours with fermentation at around 14 degrees Celsius. It spent 5 months on the fine lees before blending in August 2018. 4 500 cartons (6 x 750 ml) were released in February 2019.
Staying true to the elegance of previous vintages, the 2018 brings a beautiful minerality that complements thiol-driven citrus, green pepper and gooseberry flavours. The exceptional complexity of this wine makes it a versatile partner to food – especially seafood and the often-challenging flavours of Chinese and Thai cuisine.
Previous vintages have confirmed the Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc’s exceptional maturation potential and Cellarmaster Edmund Terblanche is confident that although the 2018 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc is already delightful, it will continue to develop and bring wine drinking pleasure for a few years to come.
Price: R135 at the cellar door or shop online