Steenberg is one of the jewels in the Constantia Wine Appellation. The Sauvignon Blanc vineyards which produce the grapes for this wine are between 7 and 29 years of age. Planted in different vineyards, they provide the building blocks for this sublime Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2018.
The grapes for the Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2018 are harvested by machine early in the morning – they start at 02h00. The vineyards are especially trellised with elongated Perold & Lyre trellises to be able to be machine harvested. The cool early morning helps keep the berry temperatures down and to preserve the aromas and flavours. After destemming and crushing, skin maceration took place for anything from 8 to 24 hours depending on the blocks. The juice was then taken off and cool settled and racked clean to the stainless-steel tanks where the juice was inoculated, and the cool fermentation took place for up to 30 days. Once fermented, the wine lay on its fine lees for two to three months before being blended and prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The bottle is embossed in glass at the base of the neck with the word Constantia, indicating that only Constnait grapes were used in the wine. In the glass, the wine is a gem bright pale golden straw in colour. The aromas and flavours combine to make a truly sublime wine. There are whiffs of blackcurrant [we should remember that this is a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon]. You will find Granny Smith Apples, passions fruit and a lovely minerality in the full and generous palate. The wine as all the attributes to allow it to mature for anything up to 5 years if cool cellared.
Kerry Kilpin the Executive Chef of Steenberg has dishes on both of the Estate’s Restaurants, Catharina’s and Bistro Sixteen 82 which are perfect partners for the wine. However, if you are not in striking distance, Dianne Bibby’s Beetroot Rice Paper Rolls with Sesame Dipping Sauce are a great match with the Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2018. Click HERE for Dianne’s recipe.
Read more about Steenberg Farm – CLICK HERE