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Steenberg Lady R MCC 2010

The new “prestige cuvée” called Lady R 2010 from Steenberg from Constantia costs R395 a bottle, making it more expensive than most MCC but cheaper than Champagne – a bottle of Veuve Clicquot from retailer Makro is R449.95 while Louis Roederer Brut from Reciprocal will set you back R795 and Pol Roger Pure Brut Réserve […]

December 18, 2015
by Christian
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Rousseau Sacharia Wooded Sauvignon Blanc 2015

It’s no secret that after Pieter Erasmus, CEO of retail group Pepkor, acquired Constantia Uitsig at the end of 2013, he undertook a clean sweep including a complete staff overhaul. Former viticulturist and winemaker André Rousseau managed to buy some of the property’s Sauvignon Blanc from the 2015 harvest on his way out and set […]

December 11, 2015
by Christian
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Michael Fridjhon: SA’s white blends are great but do they sell?

If you put a bunch of South African wine geeks in a room and leave them to talk about what’s on their collective mind, sometime quite soon, alongside discussion about the Swartland, natural ferments and the unsung heroes of the revolution, the issue of Cape white blends will get an airing. Typically there will be […]

September 23, 2015
by Michael Fridjhon
with 3 Comments

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
with 0 Comments

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
with 0 Comments
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