Steenberg Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc 2014
By Christian Eedes, 3 December 2014
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
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.
Steenberg Black Swan 2013
Shy nose. Grapefruit plus white pepper. Rich and full with nicely coated acidity. Very well assembled.
Lime and some green bean on the nose and palate. Lean and fresh.
Klein Steenberg 2014
Reductive on the nose. A bit thin and watery on the palate.
By way of context, my other two stand-out wines were:
Henri Bourgeois Les Baronnes Sancerre 2013
Lomond Pincushion 2013