Steenberg’s flagship, The Black Swan, has swept the board as Unwooded Sauvignon Blanc of the Year in the 2019 Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide. It is the only wine in this category to be awarded Five Stars.
The triumph as South Africa’s best unwooded Sauvignon Blanc in the 39th edition of the country’s definitive wine guide, is the culmination of almost 30 years of dedicated focus on this variety to create terroir specific wines that express a unique sense of place at Steenberg Vineyards.
This is the second consecutive year that an accomplished masterpiece from this acclaimed Constantia wine producer has achieved the Platter’s Five Star status after their prestige cuvée, Lady R Méthode Cap Classique 2012, joined these venerable ranks last year.
The Black Swan 2017 is a blend of the top two Sauvignon Blanc vineyards on Steenberg farm and is an expression of the best fruit of the vintage. The signature of this fresh, yet full wine is the edgy acidity that enlivens the unctuous palate from extended lees contact with refined composure. Expect lime zest, lemongrass, white grapefruit and nettle to burst from the glass. These traits follow through on the palate where they interplay with hints of white peach, spicy green peppercorn, tart granadilla, candied lemon and fresh fig leaves. This is a great food wine that can go the distance for up to 20 years from vintage with careful cellaring in the true tradition of an exceptional cool climate Sauvignon Blanc.
Steenberg’s The Black Swan 2017 sells for R212 at the cellar door. For more information visit www.steenbergfarm.com or join the conversation on Twitter @SteenbergWines and Facebook at facebook.com/steenbergestate.