Food & Wine
New Steenberg wine trio harks back to 1795 Battle of Muizenberg
Steenberg Vineyards has launched a range of super-premium wines named after three tall ships in the Royal Navy fleet that defeated the Dutch in the Battle of Muizenberg in 1795. Setting sail for the first British occupation of the Cape of Good Hope, the Ruby, Stately and Sphynx were part of the fleet that advanced on Dutch strongholds in Muizenberg on 7 August. Skirmishes ensued as the Dutch retreated, including clashes on the Steenberg foothills. It was a short-lived, yet historically significant battle … celebrated by these three new wines.
Steenberg Ruby Rosé 2017, a blend of Syrah and Cinsault, delights with whiffs of watermelon sorbet, toffee apple and red liquorice candy. With a mouthful of juicy raspberries, wild strawberries and hints of spice, this dry Rosé is a fabulous wine for spring, summer, Fridays and all happy occasions in between. R86.
Steenberg Sphynx Chardonnay 2017 is a lightly barrel-fermented Chardonnay, teeming with orange blossom, butterscotch and yellow stone-fruit, with nuances of quince and pear. Drink it now with shellfish, creamy soups or grilled fish, or leave it for a while … it’ll age beautifully for a further two to five years. R135.
Steenberg Stately 2015 is a generous, full-bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. It’s a dense and opulent wine with a silky texture, and is wonderful to enjoy on its own, and stands up well to rich stews and hearty roasts. R135.