La Motte “Pierneef” Shiraz/Viognier 2004

Another contender in the latest blend fad to sweep through the Cape winelands, and this one is interesting in that the cellar has whacked 11% viognier into the blend, quite a way up from the usual 4-6-ish percent. Yet the wine sits in your glass at a respectable 13.9 % alcohol, not the big and unctuous levels that one usually associates with this blend and its full ripe, full sweet viognier. So what happened? The notes show that the viognier did come in at 28 degrees Balling, so very ripe and with a high potential alcohol. But the shiraz component was harvested earlier than most shiraz, at 24 degrees Balling.

The result is a wine with less of that perfumed, even cloying viognier character. As this blend goes, it is likable though I have my deep reservations about these blends – if you have good shiraz, use it on its own, don’t pep it up with the florid exuberance of viognier. And the Pierneef? One of South Africa’s celebrated landscape artists, the owners of the farm (Rupert family) have the largest collection. This is their “ultra premium” range, above (?) the “classic” range. How we hype our adjectives.

5 Replies to “La Motte “Pierneef” Shiraz/Viognier 2004”

  1. Dear Sirs

    Please inform us about your distibutor in Denmark. We have tasted your excellent wine in England and have been looking for it here – but without success.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely yours

    Grethe and Søren Bryde Nielsen

  2. Re: Pierneef painting.

    Kello Andre,

    As an expatriot and buyer of SA pictures, is your Pierneef dtill available?
    Can you please tell me more about it and and let me know what price you are asking.

    kind regards,

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