Donkiesbaai Steen 2018

By , 19 December 2018



Though the wines of Donkiesbaai have been most accomplished just about since inception in 2011, I’m not sure this side project belonging to Jean Engelbrecht of Rust en Vrede gets enough acclaim (Tim James’s recent positive article aside).

Donkiesbaai Steen 2018


The Steen 2018 is again excellent. Grapes from Piekenierskloof and vinification involving barrel, concrete egg and clay amophora, the nose shows hay and dried herbs before citrus, peach and the merest hint of leesy complexity. The palate is marked by fruit that is pure and dense, lovely fresh acidity and a salty finish (alcohol: 14%). It drinks very well now but equally should mature with benefit. Approximate retail price: R280 a bottle.

Editor’s rating: 93/100.

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    Lester Smith | 10 July 2019

    We went to Devils Peak restaurant and had unexpected tasting of Donkiesbaai Steen not sure what year it was…… it was magnificent…… so bought few bottles and when opened ….. was the 2018 on the cork. It was to say kindly …. disappointing……. was not near the tasting wine presented ….it almost tasted like half bottle left in the fridge by mistake …. I am going to chuck the balance of the bottles away……. I would rather go back to my Iona Sauvignon blanc consistent and smooth…….. The End

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