The tasting room at La Motte


The French word sauvage means—guess what ?—savage, wild, somewhat untamed. Strange when the word suave means charming, elegant and confident—go figure! Anyhow in wine terms the DNA parents of Cabernet Sauvignon are Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. The magic of Mother Nature has given us three wonderful varietals to be going on with. Talking of which, those clever people at Franschhoek’s La Motte have released the latest vintages of these two treasures—their Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 and the brand new Sauvignon Blanc 2021, both in elegant new livery to make them even more striking.


From Stellenbosch and Franschhoek grapes this cracker of a wine is complex with superb deep red fruit aromas on the nose, a delicious mouth feel with some grip and a long finish. Full bodied and matured in French oak barrels for 16 months.  Perfect with red meat casseroles and duck. R149 at the cellar.



With grapes from the two areas in the Cabernet and the Cape South Coast adding to the character of this fresh, fruity wine, it is appealing to realise this fruit was still on the vines as this year began. Well controlled acids support all that delicious fruit, this is perfect for sushi, and all uncomplicated fish dishes—think fish and chips. A bargain at R89.

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