Steenberg Magna Carta 2011

An icon in the making.

An icon in the making.

The Steenberg Magna Carta 2011 is proving to be a real champion wine – first it was one of the top three wines with a rating of 5 Stars in the inaugural RisCura White Hot Wine Awards last year (see here) and more recently it was judged best in class at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show (it was nominated for 5 Stars in the current edition of Platter’s but ultimately not endorsed).

A blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon, it was officially released yesterday at R525 a bottle. It’s a complex wine in the true sense with much to unpack –citrus blossom, thatch, oak spice, green bean, cantaloupe, peach, tangerine. Not easy, but oh so rewarding.

What’s particularly striking about the wine is how well-proportioned it is with front-, back- and side-palate. Significantly, the Sem was fermented and matured for six weeks in 500-litre and 600-litre barrels, 45% new and as a result, it seems to temper the always potent Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc and add weight. A complete wine with years to go.

Score: 93/100.

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