The Merlot originates from vineyards in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Walker Bay area. Thanks to the different terroirs, each area produces its own distinctive grapes, so grapes from each area make a unique contribution to flavor and structure.
Aromatic black currant and plum flavors are dominant, with sweeter flavors of fruit-cake and dark toffee in the background. The wine also shows clove spices and integrated toasted wood flavors. The palate is medium-full, with soft, lively tannins and a lingering berry after-taste.
Excellent with lamb, roasts or casseroles.
"Medium garnet color. Aromas and flavors of smoked meat, toast, leather, grilled plum, baked cherry tart, cracked black pepper, and myrrh with a round, lively, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of chocolate-covered pecans with well-integrated, fine, firm tannins and light oak flavor. A savory and juicy Merlot with a strong sense of place; try with most meat dishes."
- Beverage Testing Institute (April 2021), 90 pts
In 1695, a piece of land in the Franschhoek Valley was granted to German immigrant Hans Hendrik Hattingh. In 1709, the land was purchased by La Motte’s first French Huguenot ...