La Motte, Hanneli R 750ml 2012South Africa, Western Cape
The Shiraz vineyards of Elim are trellised and grow in shale with a layer of “koffieklip” (coffee stone). This, combined with the cool climate, produces wines with intense perfume flavours and a minerally palate. The Franschhoek vineyards grow in deep, sandy soil of weathered granite and sandstone and produce elegant wines with a creamy texture. Bot River’s Grenache vineyards grow in more shallow, denser shale and produce wines with a high tannin content and a dark colour. Because the grapes originate from diverse terroirs, the wines have depth and complexity.
The grape varieties in the blend were harvested and sorted separately and the wines were fermented separately and matured in 300-litre oak barrels. After 40 months’ maturation the wines were blended and then bottled during October 2016. Only 3 300 bottles were produced.
'The 2012 Hanneli R is La Motte’s top cuvée and spent a whopping 40 months in oak. It has quite a strong mint-tinged bouquet of raspberry and blackberry fruit, and hints of licorice emerge with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannin and soft in the mouth (surprisingly so, given the length of barrel maturation), and leads to a lightly spiced, quite well-defined finish. Fine.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 90/100
The combination of a good vintage and 40 months of wood maturation has produced a wine with exceptional depth, complexity and personality. The intensely distinctive nose shows rose petal perfume with black berry and mulberry fruit, as well as cinnamon and black pepper spice. An elegant wine with a lively presence and lingering aftertaste.
Alc: 13,77% RS: 2,8 g/L TA: 6,2 g/L pH: 3,42
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