Situated in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Cape winelands, La Motte is home to the finest wines, recognised internationally for exceptional quality.
The first Millennium to be Cabernet Franc based. The Cabernet Franc shows attractive intense dark chocolate flavours. Complementing the chocolate, the nose shows ripe prune and dark cherry fruit, backed by clove and cinnamon spices in the background. The five varieties blended harmoniously to reveal a smooth palate with juicy tannins.
Maturation: The different components were aged separately in 225-litre French oak barrels 50% new and 50% older barrels. Wood for the barrels originates from different forests in France.
Viniculture: Grapes for this wine consist of 43% Cabernet Franc, 21% Petit Verdot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and 5% Malbec. Before de-stalking, all the grapes were hand-sorted. The de-stalked grapes were cool-soaked for two to three days, followed by inoculation with selected yeasts. Fermentation was at between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius. After fermentation, the grapes were left on the lees for a further 20 days tot enhance extraction and body. Malolactic fermentation was partly in the barrels.