Now here’s a fun bottle of bubbles for any time drinking. The Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc nv is pure Sauvignon Blanc harvested off the estate. The vines are aged anything from 6 to 18 years and are planted on trellis in weathered and decomposed granite, from the surrounding Constantia Mountains. An even handed 6 to 12 tons per hectare are hand harvested.
The base wine for the Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc is made in the traditional method for a white wine, harvested and gently whole-bunch pressed at low pressures in order to not extract bitter phenols. The juice which runs off the press is taken to stainless steel tanks and allowed to settle overnight. Clear juice is racked off and taken to tanks for a cool slow fermentation, which lasts for about 21 days. The wine is prepared for bottling in the traditional Champagne shaped bottle and then a secondary fermentation takes place under crown cap for about three months. The wine is then degorged and a classical Champagne cork and wire muzzle put in place. The fun labelling is all part of this wine, a fun fruity and fresh bottle of the finest bubbles.
In the glass, the wine is a pale golden colour with a mass of tiny bubbles rushing to the surface to form a little crown around the edges. Very inviting. The aromas coming off are direct and a sensory delight, passion fruit, ripe summer melons and sweet tropical limes. From entry, the flavours are delicate, the wine is smooth with a fabulous fresh acidity which runs through into the aftertaste. Desiccated pineapple, sliced ripe pear and poached guava gently make their presence felt. Lovely ending, just begging you to take another sip.
This is the best mid-morning refresher. Great at the start of a fish braai, and such a support for vegetarian main course, or indeed a Vegan dish in this World Vegan Month. Tracy Foulkes’s Chickpea Salad is a perfect match with the creaminess of the chickpeas matching the creaminess in the Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc. Click here for her recipe.
If you are close by or travelling to the Cape, the BistroSixteen 82 on the Steenberg Estate is a lovely venue for an evening summer meal. And indeed, for breakfast where we have consumed many a bottle of this wine. Kerry Kilpin, the chef of this restaurant, is back in the saddle after a spot of maternity leave. The standards set in this restaurant, for both food and service are high. Well worth a visit.
Read more about Steenberg Wine Estate – CLICK HERE