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STEENBERG CATHARINA 2016

p/b R295.00

Wine Club price R250.75p/b

The 2016 Catharina stands out with its intensity and complexity, evoking the aromas of many of life’s pleasures: biltong and cigar, coffee and dark chocolate, fruitcake and Ceylon tea. Layers of concentrated red and black fruit (raspberry, blackcurrant and black cherry) show on both the nose and the palate, accented with spicy pepper from the Syrah. Herbal notes from the Merlot lend a refreshing finish, while Petit Verdot rounds out the blend, adding structure and depth. Dark fruit and spice, subtle acidity and a strong tannic backbone create the optimal pairing for a traditional beef Wellington. Will bottle age well for 7 to 10 years after bottling.

Merlot: 75%

Syrah: 20%

Petit Verdot: 5%

Award Pedigree: Platter’s Wine Guide:4.5 stars | Tim Atkin South Africa Report: 92 points

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BLEND: Merlot 75%  Syrah 20%  Petit Verdot 5%
ALCOHOL:
 14%
RESIDUAL SUGAR:  2.4g / litre
TOTAL ACID: 5.5g / litre
PH: 3.57

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Weight 1.351 kg
Dimensions 7 × 7 × 29.5 cm

In The Cellar

Our flagship red, Catharina is blended from only the best barrels from each vintage. Each cultivar is vinified and aged separately in a traditional red wine making style.  On average the grapes were harvested at a sugar level of 23-25°B. The juice was fermented on the skins for 15 – 20 days, allowing the temperature in the tank to peak at 30°C. Gentle pump-overs occurred twice per day. After pressing, the wine was transferred to French oak barrels (75% new, 20% second fill and 5% third fill) for malolactic fermentation and maturation of 18 months. The wine underwent a light fining before bottling in October 2017.

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