Tranquil La Motte–a must visit

              The tasting room

            Just the place to lose yourself


One of the most beautiful estates in a part of the world renowned for them is the one at La Motte in Franschhoek. Not only is it the home of some superb wines but there is a renowned restaurant there under the sure hand of master chef Eric Bulpitt, and an unrivalled art collection featuring some of the best works by SA artist Pierneef, which is continually updated. The grounds are dotted with outdoor sculptures and driving in one feels you are entering a very special world of privilege and taste. La Motte belongs to soprano Hanneli Rupert Koegelenberg and her husband Hein Koegelenberg, and is a perfect example of what taste and money can really achieve.


The launch of new vintages at La Motte always attracts attention as did the 2020 Sauvignon Blanc and the excellent red blend they call Millenium 2018.  The Sauvignon Blanc is fresh and clean, with perfectly balanced acids. The addition of a smidgeon of Semillon adds some complexity and softness—as does long lees exposure–perfect with sea food. A bargain at R80. The Millennium is a perfect example of the artistry of long time winemaker at La Motte, Edmund Terblanche. The wine is a blend of Merlot, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot and a splash of Malbec. The wines were matured for 12 months in French oak separately then blended.  The result is complex without being intimidating, smooth and elegant with a superb nose of deep dark red fruit. Well priced at R90 at the cellar.