Franschhoek Wine Valley

La Motte Sauvignon Blanc Experience

Sometimes using the word terroir in wine tastings or wine descriptions can be quite intimidating. There is, however, no getting past the fact that terroir is an important concept in the world of wine – especially so, in the world of Sauvignon Blanc!

Renowned for the success of its aperitif-style La Motte Sauvignon Blanc sourced from various growing areas as well as the intriguing complexity of the cool climate Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc, La Motte Cellarmaster Edmund Terblanche enjoys tasting and talking about this varietal, comparing vintages, origins and styles. For the 2018 edition of the estate’s annual Sauvignon Blanc Experience, Edmund will have an intimate look at South African Sauvignon Blanc, comparing Wine of Origin: Coastal to Wine of Origin: Cape South Coast.

Coastal might suggest cool afternoon breezes and milder temperatures, but how is this different from the climate of the Cape South Coast? Edmund explains what is understood under wine of origin at the hand of various examples of South African Sauvignon Blanc, demonstrating the differences between these two prominent Sauvignon Blanc production areas.

Join the Sauvignon Blanc Experience on 19 April and taste site and terroir like never before. Choose between a morning session with lunch and an evening session with dinner.

• First join Edmund in the La Motte cellar for a comparative tasting of site-specific new vintage Sauvignon Blancs from the tanks and guided by his expertise, identify the prolific terroir differences.
• Continuing the focus on South African Sauvignon Blanc, sit down to a formal tasting introducing various wines from both the Coastal and Cape South Coast areas.
• Ending on a high, Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant invites guests to a three-course Sauvignon Blanc-paired menu, showcasing this variety’s significance as a partner to food!

Tasting only    : R100

Tasting with three-course Sauvignon Blanc-paired menu: R550

Date                    : Thursday, 19 April 2018.

Morning session starts at 11:00 and Evening session starts at 18:30

Where                  : La Motte Wine Estate

For reservations and more information, please contact Angela at T +27 (0)21 876 8000 or


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Pierneef à La Motte Sauvignon Blanc-paired Menu

2017 La Motte Sauvignon Blanc
Pork trotter and ox tongue terrine with Mebos cream cheese spread, semi-dehydrated pears and compressed Granny Smith apple-and-chickweed salad, Granny Smith dressing.

Main Course
2014 Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc
Seared venison loin with barley risotto, kale chiffonade, green autumn vegetables, Morgenster lemon olive oil parsley potato mousseline and juniper salt.

2017 La Motte Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc
Sweet corn chilled ganache with gooseberry reduction, Madagascan pepper madeleines, corn cracker and sorghum popcorn.

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Franschhoek Wine Valley

Physical Address
62 Huguenot Road

Office hours
Monday: 09h00 – 12h00
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