Steenberg Vineyards have just released Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011 excelling once again with one of the cultivars which has built the reputation of this Constantia Wine Valley producer. Set against the Constantia mountains and facing False Bay, the reliable rainfall, mild temperatures and granite ridges ensure that this farm creates the best of South African cool climate wines.

Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011

J D Pretorius crafted this wine with a series of batches of fruit from different blocks on the farm. These were also harvested at different levels of ripeness resulting in a serious, complex wine. JD has this to say about the wine:

Our Sauvignon Blanc is a true expression of Steenberg’s unique position and terroir which is absolutely ideal for the production of this varietal. The decomposed granite soils in the Sauvignon Blanc are perfect for this grape as the soil is slightly leaner, and prohibits overly vigourous growth of the vines, which in turn promotes a naturally controlled lower yield and excellent concentration of fruit in the berries. In addition, the farm’s location near the ocean results in lovely mineral notes from the maritime influence, and traces of earthy fynbos are evident as a result of its setting within the Cape Floral Kingdom. We take great care to work with purity of fruit and allow expression of the terroir, with the aim of producing wines that show constraint and a sense of place. I believe the Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011 is a classic example of this.

Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011

This wine is so much more than a poolside tipple, as my significant other and I experienced as we sat on our jetty watching the sun drop behind the mountains while sipping a glass of this elegant wine. Very much a food wine, it is made to complement foods like sushi, lemon-garnished fish dishes, salads dressed with vinaigrette and Thai food. There are lovely aromas of grapefruit and green apple with different aromas coming through each time the wine is swirled in the glass. When sipping the wine there is the sensation of mouth-filling freshness and zest, and flavours of lime, green apple and ruby grapefruit. The sensations stay on the palate for the longest time – always a sign of quality in wine.

Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011 sells from the cellar door at R95.00 a bottle.

Contact telephone: +(27) 21 7132211

Tasting and sales: Mon – Frid 09h00 – 18h00

Sat/Sun and public holidays 10h00 – 18h00

3 Responses to “Sauvignon Blanc 2011 from Steenberg Vineyards”

  1. Glenda says:

    Hi there Gary,

    Good to hear from you!

    Thanks for your comments about the wines. I have to say that the Eagles Nest Shiraz is an iconic wine and I hope that you enjoy it. The Viognier is lovely and good with food as is Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc.

    Next time you visit home please get in touch and we can share a good bottle on the jetty here in Marina Da Gama!

    Did you manage to attend the Cape Town Festival of Beers while you were here?

    Happy holidays to you too Gary!

    Cheers,

    Glenda

  2. Fat Gary says:

    Hi Glenda,

    I didn’t realise that you stay in Marina da Gama (although I might have guessed by looking at some of your photos!). My cousin and one of my oldest friends both live there too so I was actually right in your neck of the woods several times. Thank you for the invitation, it’s one I will gladly accept. I will definitely get in touch when next in RSA.

    My parents have just (sadly) sold the family house in Bergvliet but I was happy to be able to spend one last holiday there before they move over the mountain to Capri next month. I miss the southern suburbs terribly so something tells me that I won’t be away for too much longer :)

    Yes I did manage to visit the beer festival on the last day. I must be brutally honest and say that I think the majority of the beers were fairly sub-standard but there were a few notable exceptions (my favourite being Devil’s Peak Brewing, run by an ex-pat American with a keen skill for American ales). I think the industry has a long way to go but I look forward to chucking in my R0.02 when the time comes.

    All the best,
    Gary

  3. jean says:

    Great insights.

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