Steenberg Vineyards has excelled with medals of excellence for three standout wines breaking the venerable 90 point barrier in Tim Atkin’s long awaited South Africa 2020 Special Report.
Top scorer on 93/100, is Steenberg’s vintage prestige cuvée, Lady R 2015, followed by two prized Sauvignon Blancs from the 2019 vintage, the flagship Steenberg The Black Swan on 92 points and the estate Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc on 90.
“The passion and dedication of our team when creating our wines is evident when great results like this are achieved,” says Cellarmaster Elunda Basson who is proud to play a part in creating these premium terroir-driven wines.
Describing the Pinot Noir-dominated Steenberg Lady R as a “very smart bubbly” with “an extra level of richness and concentration”, Atkin was impressed by its “comparatively youthful style with good focus, depth and intensity”. His tasting notes refer to redcurrant, toast and lime flavours while the structure bodes well for further bottle ageing.
As a blend of Steenberg’s two best Sauvignon Blanc vineyards, Atkin points out how The Black Swan “always seems to have an extra dimension of focus, depth and intensity.” He relates “grapefruit and lemongrass flavours combine appealingly here, with good weight and a herbal flourish.”
Atkins calls the Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc “one of those go-to Constantia Sauvignon Blancs that never lets you down.” Made from a number of different vineyard blocks on the farm, he singles out the wine’s “extra perfume and flavour” from a few hours of skin contact and picks up ‘crunchy gooseberry and grapefruit flavours and some supporting leesy weight.”
Atkin is a British Master of Wine and accomplished wine commentator with extensive experience when it comes to the South African vineyard. His annual South Africa Special Report, now in its eighth year, is highly regarded internationally as an independent assessment of the country’s wines.
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