La Motte Merlot
La Motte Wine Estate
South Africa - Western Cape - Coastal Region - Franschhoek

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.

Coastal Region - Franschhoek
Wine Type
100% Merlot
Grapes were picked by hand and transported to the cellar in 500-kg crates. After de-stalking, all the grapes were sorted by hand. The tanks were inoculated with yeast immediately. Fermentation was at between 25 -30 degrees Celsius. Tanks were pumped over twice daily. After pressing, the wine was transferred to old 300-litre tanks for 12 months’ maturation. After maturation, the components were blended. The wine is bottled in November.

Excellent with lamb, roasts or casseroles.

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2019 La Motte Merlot - 90 PTS - Gold Medal - BTI

2019 La Motte Merlot - 90 PTS - Gold Medal - BTI

bti gold 2021"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


Producer Information: La Motte Wine Estate

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 ...
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