Patatsfontein Steen 2020

By , 12 May 2021

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For whatever reason, the 2020 vintage of Patatsfontein Steen from a vineyard in Montagu as made by Reenen Borman doesn’t seem to have quite the same clarity and brightness of most previous vintages. The nose is shy, subtle notes of peach, cut apple and earthiness revealing themselves with time in the glass while the palate is broad with moderate acidity and a powdery, flour-like texture. It’s by no means a poor wine but it doesn’t have nearly the focus of the excellent 2019, for instance. Price: R380 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 93/100.

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  • Mark Harrison12 May 2021

    I like the fact that you don’t eulogise every wine and are discriminating with every vintage. I would challenge 93/100 for a R380 bottle of wine that doesn’t come up to scratch, though. 3/10 maybe? That seems to be the way things are going?

    • Christian Eedes12 May 2021

      Hi Mark, I’ve always considered Patatsfontein Steen a very special wine and scored the 2019 97 points, so a four-point drop vintage on vintage is significant. Quality relative to price is a slightly different issue but if I were a completist (and I’m sure that such people exist for this wine), then I would want to buy it anyway…

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