Steenberg Shiraz 2009
By Christian Eedes, 22 May 2011
Big fan of Constantia winery Steenberg’s whites, not such a big fan of its reds. Until now, that is. The Shiraz 2009 is all about finesse: dark berries, lilies and attractive oak spice on the nose, while the palate is medium bodied and balanced, perhaps the defining feature being its refreshing coolness, alcohol by volume admirably low at 13.5%. A portion of the stalks were included in the mix for extra aromatics and structure while the wine spent 12 months in oak, 70% new and the ratio of French to American changed from 70:30 to 95:5, which has resulted in much less obvious chocolate flavour. Constantia Shiraz has been enjoying a burgeoning reputation in recent years thanks to Eagles’ Nest and Groot Constantia but on this effort, Steenberg no longer needs to stand back.