La Motte estate traces its origins back to 1965, when the land was purchased by a French Huguenot, who named it after a village in Provence. Fast forward to the 1970s, the estate was bought by Dr. Anton Rupert, and a major development, restoration, and conservation programme followed, which very much reinvented La Motte as the force it is today. Vineyards have been progressively replanted with noble varieties, the latest viticultural practices have been introduced and a modern cellar has been built.
The grapes for the La Motte Syrah hail from three different parcels with three different microclimates and soil types. Each terroir makes a unique contribution to the wine and each has a different harvest date, allowing the winery to play with the best of all worlds. Grapes are picked when ripe but still firm. They are destemmed and hand sorted for quality. The wine is matured in 300-litre French oak barrels, 30% of which are new.