When it comes to Sauvignon Blanc, there are many who decry its merits. Nevertheless, it is still SA’s most popular white wine. I love it, especially when it comes from a superb estate.like La Motte.

Their recently released 2021 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc with the characteristic Pierneef artwork of the iconic Baobab linocut on its front label combines an appreciation of the arts with a celebration of the art of winemaking,a hallmark of the owners of the estate.


Sauvignon Blanc makes up 85% of the blend with 35% of these grapes from Napier and 65% from Elim – South Africa’s most southerly vineyards. The 15% Semillon that completes the blend is also from Elim, affirming the wine’s cool and elegant Cape South Coast character.

The wine was allowed 16 hours of skin contact with fermentation at approximately 14 degrees Celsius. It spent another 5 months on the fine lees before being blended and bottled in September 2021.The lees contact is apparent in every sip of this complex wine.

La Motte courtyard

Staying true to the elegance of previous vintages, the 2021 vintage is an intricate wine with a lingering minerality. Previous vintages have confirmed Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc’s exceptional maturation and Cellarmaster Edmund Terblanche is confident that although the 2021 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc is already great, it will continue to develop and bring drinking pleasure for a few years to come. I am more interested in tonight–as always.

On the vine

With its sophisticated mineral finish, this latest Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc harmonises beautifully with seafood as well as the spicy notes of Chinese and Thai dishes. An elegant choice as an aperitif, this Sauvignon Blanc also works well with the freshness of salads and the acidity of tomatoes, especially when semi-dried.


The 2021 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc is available online or at the cellar door for R159 per bottle.




Try the 2021 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc with our recipe for Hake fish cakes with Pernod velouté and a herb salad.


The Pierneef artwork:

As part of the Pierneef range which is a tribute to South African artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886 – 1957), famous for his mastership in portraying the unadorned beauty of the South African landscape and its architecture, the 2021 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc features the Baobab linocut artwork on its label.

For more information on La Motte, please visit www.la-motte.com or call +27 (0)21 876 8000.