There are places that are so magnificent in beauty, then even seasons of hibernation, when everything is working on their spring rebirth, they thrive and are even more beautiful to experience.
We went out to the La Motte Estate on a rainy Saturday morning, but that just added to the magical backdrop of the intense mountainside.. There are beautiful sculptures all around from the entrance, echoing the very strong presence of art as a very import aspect of the estates philosophy.
We headed directly to the tasting room for a wine tasting of some of the best wines produced by the Estate, with detailed description for all..
This is definitely something all wine lovers should do..
Feeling rather peckish after our tasting, we set off to the on site restaurant, Pierneef a’ La Motte which has some of the best interiors I have ever seen. Homely but incredibly stylish, and again an echoing of the art, with paintings on the wall, as well as on the dining chairs, by artist JH Pierneef. The inside outside area is surrounded by glass, and through it, you have a view of the gardens, the museum and so much more.. incredibly stunning.
We had two menus to choose from, and we all chose from both.. tons of yummy food was ordered and not only was it a vision for the eyes, but a celebration of taste and flavours for the tongue and soul. For starters I ordered the Pigeon, cooked to medium rare perfection.. between the table, there was a beautiful summery salad with the most luxurious dressing I’ve ever had, and delicate serving of octopus. I tried all three dishes (and used the excuse that I’m a good blogger to dig into everyone’s dishes ha!) And the common thread throughout is that every dish is prepared with the freshest ingredients and the utmost skill and care.
For mains I tried the steak, which is chatter majority of the table ordered, while everyone else had the Line fish. Again, both dishes were succulent and tasty and so beautifully presented!
For dessert I had the South African classic Malva pudding, which was perfectly moist, served with shards of white chocolate and custard.. A real treat for the old buds and a pecan but pie with the most refreshing ginger ice cream!
After lunch, we went to visit the Museum which is currently housing an exhibition of JH Pierneefs works which were brought in 2009.. There is a tour which explains in detail the history of the farm and then the artwork, truly a magnificent way to end a great afternoon.
There is also a hiking trail on site, which will open again in the Spring, so La Motte definitely tops the list with the most things to do on a Wine Estate I’ve been too so far.
The staff is incredibly friendly and so helpful, each structure is beautiful and you will undoubtedly fall in love with this jewel! Do visit as they are Open For Winter!