Atkin lauds top tier Steenberg Cap Classique and Sauvignon Blanc

Steenberg’s signature Lady R Cap Classique and The Black Swan Sauvignon Blanc, both flagship wines of this idyllic farm in the Constantia Wine Valley, garnered high acclaim once again in Tim Atkin’s South Africa 2022 Special Report.

With medals of excellence and scores of 93/100 for Steenberg Lady R Cap Classique and 92/100 for Steenberg The Black Swan Sauvignon Blanc for the last three consecutive vintages, Atkin underlines the consistency of these top tier wines.

The just released Steenberg Lady R Cap Classique 2017 grande cuvée, is a seriously structured yet elegantly nuanced and vibrant blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Atkin, who considers the 2017 vintage among the best ever Cape harvests, describes Steenberg Lady R as ‘complex, focused and taut’.

Resonating the courageous life of Catharina Ras, Steenberg’s inspiring 17th century founder, Lady R is a celebration of her ever-present legacy in the passion and determination of the entire Steenberg team.

Steenberg is synonymous with Sauvignon Blanc and The Black Swan 2021, crafted from the best vineyard blocks of the vintage, is a pure expression of Steenberg terroir and the farm’s unique sense of place.

Atkin for whom the 2021 harvest is another standout vintage, rates The Black Swan as ‘impressive stuff’ with engaging blackcurrant leaf aromas, granitic minerality and a waxy mid palate.

Steenberg Semillon 2021 also excelled as one of Atkin’s top achieving wines of the vintage with a score of 91 points. 

‘Herbal, dense and layered, with lanolin and beeswax aromas, a nip of tannin, subtle wood and enough acidity to carry the weight,’ are his tasting notes on the Semillon.

Atkin, A British Master of Wine and highly respected independent commentator with extensive experience when it comes South African wines, tasted a record number of 2 282 local wines for his 10th SA Special Report.

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