The star


While France swelters in one of the hottest summers on record—41 degrees in the Languedoc—and while we luxuriate  in the pleasures of a Cape winter and the best red wines in the world right on our doorstep now is the time for the release of La Motte’s 2019 Bordeaux-inspired Millennium. Besides ,where else are you going to get a wine of this stature for R99 a bottle?!

The 2019 La Motte Millennium consists of 48% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot – four of the six varieties (the other being Cabernet Sauvignon and very rarely Carménère) traditionally blended in France’s famous Bordeaux wine region. The Merlot and Cab Franc bring aromatic dark berries and plum with nuances of fruit cake and toffee providing subtle sweetness to the blend. The Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute intensity in colour, hints of spice as well as complexity and depth to the blend. Barrel-derived spice and charred oak flavours are well integrated for a medium-bodied wine with soft, but lively tannins and a lingering berry aftertaste.

After fermentation, the different components were matured separately in old 300-litre French oak barrels before blending and filtration. The wine was bottled on the estate in November 2020 with 29 500 x 6 bottle cases released mid-2022.

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Similar to its French cousins, the 2019 La Motte Millennium is a classic red blend that promises to mature beautifully. It is a trusted choice, not only for its consistent quality, but also its elegance, accessibility and versatile food pairing ability. While it responds very well to red meat and roasts of all kinds, it’s accommodating structure also allows for mild curried and hard cheese. It is exceptional with creamy sauces and the earthiness of mushrooms.

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2019 La Motte Millennium


Alcohol                  13,6% vol

Residual sugar     2,5 g/l

Total acid              5,5 g/l

pH                           3,54


Price: 2019 La Motte Millennium is available online or at the La Motte Tasting Room at R99 per bottle.

Recipe: Try with Chef Chris Erasmus’ recipe for Beouf Bourguignon Soup or Ilse van der Merwe’s  Pork Steaks with Dijon Cream Sauce.

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