SteenbergCatharina Red Blend 2018Product code: 12065
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Steenberg Catharina Red Blend is a delicious, complex wine that combines the best flavors of its varietals. This South African wine blends together Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot for a delightful taste sensation. The wine exudes rich aromas of red fruit and blackberries, along with hints of spice and oak. On the palate, the wine is smooth and well-balanced, with a range of flavors that include blackcurrant, plum, and hints of vanilla. The tannins are firm and well-structured, giving the wine a strong backbone. All in all, Steenberg Catharina Red Blend is a sophisticated wine that impresses with its depth, complexity, and refinement.
Complex layers of basil and cedar, cassis and lavender blossom, cinnamon stick and dark chocolate. 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.
About the Winery
Simon van der Stel granted Catharina Michelse's request in 1682 for a plot of land near the Ou Kaapse Weg by leasing her 25 Morgen. This is how the illustrious progenitor came into control of what is today known as Steenberg. Frederik Russouw purchased the land in 1695 and erected the U-shaped residence. From 1765 through 1801, Nicolaas and his wife owned the property. Daniel purchased the property after Nicolaas' death in 1802, and Johannes Adriaan Louw of Fisantekraal afterwards purchased it. Nicolaas Louw, the son of Johannes Adriaan, had a deep love for Steenberg. When he passed away in 1976, his three children shared in the property's inheritance because he entered farming right out of school. The Louw family still owned Steenberg up until 1990, when Johannesburg Consolidated Investments bought it and transformed it into the magnificent hotel and winery it is today.
There are 148 acres of vines, of which 70% are white (64% of the total plantings are Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon). Malbec, Syrah, and Merlot are the red varietals. The farm is one of a select few in the region to have made an investment in the red Nebbiolo grapes. With a capacity of up to 70 000 cases, Steenberg Vineyards presently produces more than 40 000 cases per year from an initial 2000 cases. Steenberg can profit from its distinctiveness since the macroclimate has warm temperatures, a refreshing sea breeze, consistent winter rainfall, and good exposure to sunshine. They also have suitable soil, which is formed of lean granite soils that assist in retaining water.
These methods demonstrate their devotion and attention to environmental conservation. Vine cultivation is done in the most organic way possible using eco-friendly methods. One example of their initiative thus far is the use of environmentally friendly agricultural techniques such as non-toxic, natural pest control solutions and natural predators to help maintain the vines as healthy as possible.