Clearly 2011 worked out well for Constantia property Steenberg. The Sauvignon Blanc Reserve from that vintage won gold at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show in 2012 while the Steenberg Magna Carta got the trophy for best white blend at the competition last year.
Drinking them side by side yesterday, they again both impressed.
Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2011
The wine has a definite “green” quality about it but in the best possible way – green apple, green melon and just a little green bean character. Also, a little blackcurrant, honey by virtue of bottle age and some pyrazine bite adding interest. Rich and full but possessing really good fruit delineation and lovely coasted acidity.
Steenberg Magna Carta 2011
60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon. On the nose, a touch of reduction before notes of peach, granadilla, elder flower, vanilla and white pepper. Weightless intensity on the palate. Not quite as approachable as the Sauvignon Blanc Reserve but equally a sense that this wine has longer to go.