La Motte Releases An Extraordinary And Award-Winning 2019 Chardonnay

Finding a bottle of fine wine that doesn’t cost an arm or a leg can be difficult. If you stay in South Africa, however, you can purchase a Chardonnay that was recognised by the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition with both a gold medal and the trophy for Best Chardonnay for only R140 for a bottle. That’s less than $10!

The newly released 2019 La Motte Chardonnay is made exclusively from grapes grown on the estate and true to the Franschhoek Valley’s reputation for its exceptional quality of the grape.

The season’s favourable growing conditions combined with the Franschhoek terroir and sandstone and granite derived sandy soils, resulted in an extraordinary 2019 Chardonnay. Winter conditions were cold and wet, followed by a relatively cool summer and promising analysis. The smallest harvest since 2005, the grapes were hand-picked and whole-pressed. One-third of the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks while the rest underwent both fermentation and malolactic fermentation in 300-litre French oak barrels (25% new). After an 11-month maturation period, 6 500 cases (6 x 750 ml) were bottled on the estate in May 2020.  

 La Motte Cellarmaster Edmund Terblanche

With beautiful fruity nectarine and refreshing citrus blossom on the nose, the elegant character of this Chardonnay has a subtle richness from oak-derived flavours of buttery cashew. The palate is polished with a delicious follow-through, a lively length and fresh finish. 

The 2019 La Motte Chardonnay is a versatile food partner. A classic option with creamy cheese and egg dishes such as quiche and soufflé, it is also a beautiful partner to subtle spice and curries. With its creamy undertones and elegant character, it makes for a classic combination with seafood – from the luxurious choices of caviar, snails, crayfish and pâté to the simplicity of mussels.  

The 2019 La Motte Chardonnay is available online or at the cellar door for R140 per bottle.