Ar­mada of pre­mium wines launched

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - EATING OUT - ORIELLE BERRY

STEENBERG Vine­yards re­cently launched its “su­per-pre­mium” wines, named af­ter three ships in the Royal Navy fleet that de­feated the Dutch in the Bat­tle of Muizen­berg in 1795 – the Ruby, Stately and Sph­ynx.

Cel­lar­mas­ter JD Pre­to­rius said: “Th­ese new wines fill a gap in our port­fo­lio, al­low­ing us to of­fer wine lovers more choice at an at­trac­tive price point. We have re­ally con­cen­trated on qual­ity.”

It was clear Pre­to­rius was not ex­ag­ger­at­ing. The wines are dis­tinc­tive in char­ac­ter and packed with flavour; each of­fers great ele­gance in its own right.

The Ruby Rose, a blend of shi­raz and cin­saut, was sipped and savoured with a de­li­cious home-cured duck salad served with lab­neh and toasted pine nuts. It was lightly flavoured with a pink rasp­berry vinai­grette that matched the lovely dusty rose colour of the wine and duck.

Strik­ing a per­fect bal­ance be­tween crisp and creamy with fruity over­tones, this is one for lazy sum­mer days and small won­der it scooped a dou­ble gold medal at Rosé Rocks 2017, South Africa’s only ded­i­cated rosé wine com­pe­ti­tion.

A fresh and zesty tuna and av­o­cado tartare fol­lowed, teamed with the Sph­ynx lightly wooded chardon­nay in which the grapes hail from vine­yards in Bon­nievale and Robert­son.

The wine stood up eas­ily to the flavour­some dish, which was com­ple­mented with cur­ried cala­mari and a beau­ti­ful chili saf­fron mayo.

A rich, slow-cooked con­fit of Spring­bok neck was the per­fect match for Stately caber­net sau­vi­gnon/shi­raz 2015.

De­scribed as a gen­er­ous full­bod­ied blend, th­ese words would also well de­scribe the flavour­packed game dish served with sea­sonal veg­eta­bles and a sweet­sour blue­berry salsa.

The cel­lar­mas­ter de­scribed the wine as dense and op­u­lent and that it is, with a silky smooth mouth­ful.

Sum­mer may be com­ing, but reds are al­ways in fash­ion and this is a wine to savour on its own or with a rich meat dish.

Steenberg’s new pre­mium wines.

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