STEENBERG MAGNA CARTA 2017December 13, 2016
STEENBERG STATELY RED BLEND 2018August 14, 2017
STEENBERG CATHARINA RED BLEND 2018
Wine Club price R293.25 p/b
The 2018 Catharina is bold yet suave, forthright yet subtle, assured and alluring. It displays volumes of basil and cedar, cassis and lavender blossom, cinnamon stick and dark chocolate. Layers of concentrated red and black fruit (raspberry, blackcurrant and black cherry) show on both the nose and the palate, accented with a full, smooth texture from the Cabernet Sauvignon component. Light herbal notes from the Merlot lend a refreshing finish, while the Malbec and Petit Verdot round out the blend, adding structure and depth. Dark fruit and spice, lifting acidity and an encompassing tannic finish create the optimal pairing for most red meat (particularly a garlic and rosemary stuffed roast lamb shoulder) or rich saucy dishes. Will bottle age well for 7 to 10 years after bottling.
Cabernet Sauvignon: 36%
Petit Verdot: 6%
Award Pedigree: 2016 vintage: Platter’s Wine Guide:4.5 stars | Tim Atkin South Africa Report: 92 points
|Dimensions||7 × 7 × 29.5 cm|
In The Cellar
Our flagship red wine, Steenberg Catharina, is blended from only the best barrels from each vintage. All blend components (50% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot) received the same vinification prior to blending. On average the grapes were harvested at a sugar level of 23-25°B. First crushed de-stemmed, 15% juice drawn off, cold soaked for 3 days, fermented on skins for 2 weeks with the temperature maxed at 28 degrees and gentle pump-overs occurred twice per day. The wines then underwent malolactic conversion in barrels after which they were racked and returned to barrels for 15 months. 83% 1st fill, 17% 2nd fill 225l French oak barrels. After this maturation period the wines were racked out of barrel, blended, then returned to barrel for a further 9 months, after which it was racked to tank and given a light fining and filtration and bottled end July 2020.
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Shiraz – 48%
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Award pedigree: 2016 vintage: Tim Atkin South Africa Report 2018: 90 points