Armada of premium wines launched
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.