Steenberg Stately 2016, good with Nadia Graves’s Beef Cheeks…

Steenberg Stately 2016

Steenberg Farm, one of the oldest in the Constantia Wine Appellation, commemorates the Battle of Muizenberg on 4th August 1795 with a White, Rosé and a Red Wine. The Steenberg Stately 2016 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 63% and Shiraz 37%. The grapes are sourced from the Darling and Stellenbosch Wine Appellations. The wines are vinified on the skins separately by JD Pretorius and his team.  Pump overs took place three times a day to extract gently the colour and soft tannins. Maturation took place for 20 months in a mix of 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill French Oak barrels. The wines were blended, lightly fined and bottled.

Steenberg’s Award Winning Wine Maker, JD Pretorius

It looks like
Bottled in a Bordeaux under a natural cork closure, with the classical Steenberg livery. In the glass, it is an almost black plum colour which pales out to garnet at the edges.

The Steenberg Barrel Cellar

It smells like
A generosity of dark berry, cherry and black fruits. Spicy with an undertow of fine Italian leather, and oak and its concomitant spices.

It tastes like
There are just layer upon layer of flavours here. Full rich and round in the mid palate. Roadside wild fennel and petrichor. Silken tannins are interwoven in the aftertaste with the fruit, the oak, the spice. Such a lovely glass. Will take you through to 2022 if well cellared.

Nadia Graves’s Beef Cheeks

It’s good with
This is an excellent ‘glass on its own’ wine while watching the embers in a fire place or the braai waiting for the meat to come off the grid.  It is as good with the traditional Sunday Roast Lunch as it is with a well-cooked midweek supper with meat or a full flavoured vegetarian dish. Nadia Graves’s Beef Cheeks are a hit with this lovely wine. Click here for her recipe.

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