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La Motte Sauvignon Blanc Pierneef 2011

ID No: 114521
Country:South Africa
Region:Franschhoek
Winery:La Motte
Grape Type:Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage:2011
Bottle Size:750 ml
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Product Description

La Motte Sauvignon Blanc Pierneef 2011 is made from: 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
Wine Style: unoaked
Vinification: Cold fermentation at 12 degrees Celcius during 30 days in stainless Steel tanks.
After fermentation, the wine was left on the lees for 5 months to enhance complexity.

Alcohol percentage: 12.55 %
Total Acidity: 6.6 g/L
pH: 3.31
Residual Sugar: 1.7 g/L

Due to dry conditions, the grapes were picked early, resulting in a low alcohol content. The nose shows characteristic gooseberry and green apple, as well as tropical fruit with hints of tomato bush. The palate is crispy dry with a firm acid and fresh finish.

"The organically grown Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc is one of the finest
Sauvignon Blancs we've tasted from South Africa, or anywhere in the New
World for that matter. It's perfectly balanced, just the right amount of
acidity, nicely perfumed and vibrant on the palate. there's superb
concentration of passion fruit, citrus peel, and minerals, with a
persistent intense finish. Beautiful."
- I-Wine Review (February 2012), 93 pts

Winery: La Motte

The La Motte Estate
Situated in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Cape winelands, La Motte is home to some of South Africa’s finest wines, recognized internationally for their exceptional quality. In harmony with the production of wines, La Motte has also ventured into flower cultivation and the production of ethereal oils. True to its philosophy of a culture of excellence, La Motte maintains a programme of consistent quality improvement, reaching beyond wine production. The estate has a strong commitment to historic and cultural preservation, as well as the active socio-economic upliftment of its workers and their families. With its picturesque setting, historic buildings and rural atmosphere, La Motte is an enchanting destination for visitors to the winelands of the Cape.

La Motte is synonymous with the highest quality in wines. To carry the La Motte label, each wine has to reflect the greatest expertise in viticulture, combined with experience, passion and a creative flair in wine-making.

Annually a total of 1 000 tons of grapes are processed in La Motte's modern cellars, where old-world wine-making methods are combined with state-of-the-art technology.

History:
In 1695 a piece of land in the Franschhoek Valley was granted to German immigrant Hans Hattingh. In 1709 French Huguenot Pierre Joubert purchased the land and named it after the village of his birth in Provence, La Motte d’Aigues. With the planting of 4 000 vines in 1752, viticulture was established on La Motte by Huguenot descendant Gabriel du Toit. The farm passed through several owners before being acquired by the Rupert family in 1970.

Today, La Motte owner Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg and her husband Hein Koegelenberg, CEO of La Motte, oversee La Motte’s making of exceptional wines as well as diversifying La Motte's operations into flower and ethereal oil farming.


The La Motte Vineyards
 

The unique charm of La Motte’s wines can be attributed to particular soil types, a moderate climate as well as a team of dedicated experts who keep abreast of international viticultural and vinicultural practices.

Viticulturist Pietie le Roux, who majored in viticulture, viniculture and pomology at South Africa’s leading agricultural training institution, has been in charge of La Motte’s vineyards since 1986, assisted by a highly motivated workforce.

“Fine grapes make fine wines”, says Pietie, “therefore we constantly try to improve our harvest results and apply findings obtained from ongoing research and developments in viticulture”.

The most modern practices are employed in the selection of vineyard sites, rootstock and clones, grape varieties planted, vineyard facings and vine spacing. Through extra high trellis poles, a bigger canopy of leaves is created, allowing more leaves to absorb the sunshine, enhancing early ripening and the formation of prominent aromas. The bigger canopy also protects the grapes against direct sunshine. Vine growth is restricted, to limit grape size and promote a high-quality extract, ideal for the production of elegant, complex wines.

These practices are further refined by the precision of science. The latest technology is applied, including GIS (Geographical Information Systems), by which the farm is scanned by satellite, monitoring and controlling the effects of slopes, radiation, micro and macro climates and soil classification.

Through infrared scanning, vine conditions such as stress and irrigation demands can be pinpointed by vineyard block in order to be addressed accurately. In specified vineyards on the La Motte Nabot farm in the Walker Bay region – from where grapes for La Motte wines are obtained – SGS-certified organic farming is practised, totally eliminating the use of chemicals and insecticides, thus promoting health benefits.

Furthermore, La Motte is equipped with a weather station and temperature monitoring system – loggers in vineyards determine humidity, moist conditions and temperatures in zones where grape bunches are formed.

Conscious of the effects of agriculture on the natural habitat, La Motte is accredited to the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI), a partnership between the South African wine industry and the conservation sector. The objective is to help keep biodiversity intact so that species and ecosystems are able to adapt to changes in the environment and to recover more readily from disturbances in their natural growth system.

Grapes are sourced from the Elgin (34%), Franschhoek (20%), Walker Bay (20%), Nieuwoudtville (9%), Darling and West Coast (8%), Durbanville (5%) and Elim (4%).
 
Grapes from Franschhoek and Walker Bay are organically grown.

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Our Hunt for Colmant:

 It was day 6 in South Africa and we find ourselves outside of beautiful Cape Town, in the country near the Riebeek Kasteel area in Swartland.  Let's talk a little about my accommodations before I tell you about this amazing bubbly. We arrive at the one and only hotel in Riebeek to find out that there were not enough rooms open for all. 

We reached out to our contact at Riebeek cellars, who we will refer to as "Point Break" from now on. For those of you that have not seen the movie Point Break, this guy looked and sounded like a blonde Keanu Reeves with a Dutch accent. Anyway, Point Break tells me that they have secured a small bed and breakfast that we could use for the overflow. Sounded nice...so I opted for it. 

Upon arrival, the home was beautiful on the outside with a catchy French name, "Shades of Provence". After Point Break fiddled with the skeleton key and lock for a good 35 minutes in the rain, we finally get to see the inside of our new home. The door opened straight into the kitchen where the first thing I noticed was the mouse sh*t all over the place. It was winter there and the mice were trying to stay warm, I'm sure. Little did they know this damn place had no heat.

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For dinner that night, we returned to the hotel restaurant to join the rest of our group. The 5 of us forced to stay in the bed and breakfast were in a far worse mood than everyone around us. Arriving late, we sat at the end of the dinning table and hoarded as much wine as possible to try and drink ourselves to a point where we could sleep in that disgrace of a French country side home that Point Break secured for us.

 That night, I slept with the lights on, all my clothes on, and on top of the sheets hoping to avoid spider bites. I awoke that morning to Sylvia standing over me holding what looked like a hot water knob off of the shower. "It wasn't even attached.", she said. Sylvia proceeds to take a "whore-bath" in the sink using her own packed sock as a wash cloth. It was the only thing she deemed clean. To top it off, in a brief moment of happiness she finds a hair dryer in a cabinet. She pulled it out in triumph only to realize that there was a used condom stuck to the side of it. Obviously, this is her last trip to South Africa.

 

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 91 Wine Advocate: 92 International Wine Review: 91
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