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Steenberg The Black Swan Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Whereas the The Black Swan 2012 was 100% Sauvignon Blanc, the 2013 contains 10% unwooded Semillon and a very clever addition it is, too. The wine spent nine months on the lees and was only released in December last year. There’s plenty going on here –a  pleasing herbaceous top note which always seems to the [...]

March 30, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Tim James: Older whites

A little adventure with older local white wines began with Steenberg Semillon 2010. Five years is not, however, elderly for a serious, oaked wine from a variety which always takes a few years to show its best, even more than most. Perhaps that need for some maturity is why semillon is perennially under-appreciated by wine-drinkers. [...]

March 9, 2015
by Tim James
with 5 Comments

Jeanri-Tine van Zyl: #FoodiesVsWinos and the missing Steenberg

Recently footage of smash-and-grabs and attempted hijackings in Johannesburg have been making the rounds on Facebook. People falling victim to crime is unfortunately nothing new, but once shared on social media, the sense of fear becomes ever more pervasive. This was the case when a dear friend, psyching up for relocating from Cape Town to [...]

February 4, 2015
by Jeanri-Tine van Zyl
with 1 Comment

Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2011 vs Steenberg Magna Carta 2011

Clearly 2011 worked out well for Constantia property Steenberg. The Sauvignon Blanc Reserve from that vintage won gold at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show in 2012 while the Steenberg Magna Carta got the trophy for best white blend at the competition last year. Drinking them side by side yesterday, they again both impressed. Steenberg [...]

February 2, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Steenberg Merlot 2012

Steenberg winemaker JD Pretorius picked up double gold at Veritas for his Merlot 2011 earlier this year and then went on to win the Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year for his Merlot 2012. Pretorius is overseeing a shift away from the wine’s traditional “peppermint crisp character” to something a bit more subtle, both [...]

December 3, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Steenberg Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Steenberg Yesterday I joined Steenberg general manager John Loubser, winemaker JD Pretorius and about a dozen of their colleagues to undertake a benchmark tasting of their wines against a few local and international counterparts – a line-up of 35 wines which were tasted blind and scored using the 20-point system. Tasting notes and scores for [...]

December 3, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Diners Club Winemaker of the Year 2014

Announced earlier this evening: Young Winemaker of the Year: JD Pretorius – Steenberg Merlot 2012 (category: any red wine) Winemaker of the Year: Jacques Erasmus – Spier Creative Block 2014 (category: white blends)

November 15, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Christmas in the winelands

Why not make this Christmas holiday a real holiday and allow someone else to do the cooking and washing up? The Cape winelands has a plethora of restaurants offering Christmas Eve dinners and Christmas day lunches. Set menus, buffets, foodie experiences, home-style traditional cooking – it’s all here. Backsberg, Klapmuts Christmas lunch: R470 per person [...]

October 23, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
with 1 Comment
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