Introducing A Franschhoek Pair – La Motte Syrah and La Motte Chardonnay

Winemakers and wine writers often get excited about wine being site-specific, but for those who enjoy drinking the wine, it is important that the terroir relates to taste. La Motte’s trusted pair of Syrah and Chardonnay are made exclusively from Franschhoek grapes and you can taste it.

“La Motte’s terroir contributes a beautiful creaminess and drinkability – even at a young age,” says La Motte cellar master Edmund Terblanche.

The recently released 2018 La Motte Chardonnay combines this smooth character with refreshing citrus fruit – typical for white wine varieties grown on the estate. The Chardonnay vineyard on La Motte was planted in 1997. It lies 200 metres above sea-level, against a southern and south western slope and is planted in Clovelly soils. The wine’s citrus fruit is complemented by flavours of peach and apricot. Barrel fermentation of two thirds of the juice and considered barrel maturation with only 25% new French oak, contributed to a polished, medium-full wine with exceptional freshness and a lively length.