La Motte wine farm lies in the heart of South Africa’s picturesque Franschhoek Valley, fringed by the Wemmershoek Mountains and the banks of the tranquil Franschhoek River. To trace La Motte’s beginnings, one has to go back to early Cape history. It was in 1695 that La Motte, a piece of land situated in a valley between the Drakenstein Mountains and Olifantshoek was granted to Hans Hattingh, a German immigrant from Speyer. In 1709 his neighbour, French Huguenot Pierre Joubert, purchased the land that had been named after the village of his birth in Provence, La Motte dAigues. With the initial planting of 4000 vines, viniculture was established on La Motte by Huguenot descendant Gabriel du Toit in 1752. In the decades to follow, the farm saw a succession of different owners. Dr Anton Rupert, Hanneli Rupert’s father, purchased La Motte in 1970 to establish a prime wine-producing enterprise. The vineyards were progressively replanted with noble cultivars and an impressive modern cellar complex was built. Today, the name La Motte is firmly established on the international wine map.
Years of experience in producing this variety have enabled La Motte to combine the grapes of a number of cool terroirs to capture juicy berry-fruit, sweet liquorice, violet flowers and pepper spice. Traditionally a very bold variety, this rewarding Syrah has been refined into a medium-bodied, highly accessible wine.