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October 6, 2019

La Motte Experience the finer things in life

Stepping over the wooden bring at La Motte wine estate, a large fireplace, overstuffed sofas, and huge glass windows looking into the working wine cellars, creates a cosy atmosphere in the tasting room. Even at 11 in the morning, the place is swarming with people enjoying the amazing wines on offer at this Franschhoek wine estate and we sit down to join them.

Wine tasting at La Motte

Over the next hour or so we enjoy the current vintages of Chardonnay and Syrah, comparing them to the exquisite premium Pierneef range of wines. Some of the later bottles resembling Christmas trees, all decorated with sparkly ball of success – showing the various awards the wines have won. We are even treated to sip on the estate’s Méthode Cap Classique – which turns out to be a firm favourite! Ever so light in the mouth, accompanied by fine bubbles and just the perfect balance of dry and sweet, it leaves a lasting impression.

Some dine with our wine

Floating on the bubbles of that Cap Classique we head just round the corner to the farm’s Pierneef Restaurant. Named after Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, an artist whose works can be found in almost ever corner of the farm, the restaurant, and the farm’s premium collection of wines, is a tribute to this great man.

The dishes served here take their roots from recipes that have been handed down over three centuries and date back to when this area was first settled by Europeans back in the 17th century. Liberal spices, long, slow cooking methods, sweet and sour combinations, and of course, cooking with wine, are characteristics of the Cape Winelands cuisine.

And at Pierneef Chef Eric Bulpitt provides a modern interpretation of this heritage. Having spent many hours of his childhood on a self-sustained farm, Eric has a love of farm to table cooking and this is evident in his menu which focuses on seasonal, sustainable ingredients.

Lunch here revolves around a sophisticated à la carte menu, with the choice of two or three courses, with or without wine. To simply opt for the two course would be a shame, particularly if that means skipping dessert, because you simply have to order the ice-cream sandwich. This vibrant ball of plum-and-white chocolate parfait is punctuated by coco nibs and nougatine and only leaves you with one complaint – there simply isn’t enough!

I also strongly recommend to go for the wine pairing option, if you don’t like the suggestion listed you are free to pair your meal with a different glass, as I chose to do with my delicious mushroom starter and that delightful Méthode Cap Classique.

And while my cute-as-a-button whole roast quail main with smoked bacon-and-sage stuffing stole the show in terms of presentation, it was my hubby’s slow-cooked pork shoulder and charred greens that we’ll be returning for!

A: R45, Franschhoek, 7691, South Africa
T: +27 21 876 8000
W: La Motte

Written by Janine Avery for Luxuria Lifestyle South Africa