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Steenberg Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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Steenberg Yesterday I joined Steenberg general manager John Loubser, winemaker JD Pretorius and about a dozen of their colleagues to undertake a benchmark tasting of their wines against a few local and international counterparts – a line-up of 35 wines which were tasted blind and scored using the 20-point system.

Tasting notes and scores for the Steenberg wines as follows:

Steenberg Rattlesnake 2014
Price: R102
Includes 10% Semillon. Fermented and matured for seven months in barrel, 20% new. Enticing nose of citrus, peach, floral perfume and a subtle herbal note. Succulent fruit, bright acidity and well judged oak.

Score: 17.5/20.

Steenberg Black Swan 2013
Price: R160
Shy nose. Grapefruit plus white pepper. Rich and full with nicely coated acidity. Very well assembled.

Score: 17/20.

Steenberg 2014
Price: R99
Lime and some green bean on the nose and palate. Lean and fresh.

Score: 15.5/20.

Klein Steenberg 2014
Price: R51
Reductive on the nose. A bit thin and watery on the palate.

Score: 14.5/20.

By way of context, my other two stand-out wines were:

Henri Bourgeois Les Baronnes Sancerre 2013
Score: 18/20.

Lomond Pincushion 2013
Score: 17.5/20.

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