Has Steenberg gone to market too early with Magna Carta 2015?

John Loubser, MD of Steenberg, relates that the Constantia property pioneered a Bordeaux-style white blend under the Catharina label from 1999 until 2001 but it was ahead of its time and did not get enough traction in the market. The likes of Vergelegen and Cape Point Vineyards persisted with Sauv-Sem combos through the 2000s and […]

September 7, 2016
by Christian
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Steenberg Merlot 2013

When it comes to a discussion of South Africa’s best Merlot producers, the usual suspects are Hartenberg, Thelema, Shannon Vineyards and perhaps Bein but Steenberg in Constantia shouldn’t be left out – winemaker JD Pretorius picked up double gold at Veritas for his Merlot 2011 won the Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year in […]

August 1, 2016
by Christian
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Steenberg Lady R MCC 2011

Though only two vintages in, the Méthode Cap Classique that is Lady R from Steenberg is starting to shape as one of SA’s best. Following on from the maiden 2010, the 2011 is set for release on 1 September. A blend of 70% Pinot Noir from Stellenbosch and Darling and 30% Chardonnay from Robertson, it […]

July 30, 2016
by Christian
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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
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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
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