Steenberg Five Lives


for the equivalent of £14.50 a bottle

Grower: Steenberg
Grape Variety: Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon
Style: Fruity and Savoury
Country: South Africa
Appellation: Constantia
Vintage: 2019/20
Closure: CORK
Alcohol: 14.5% ABV
Bottle Size: 75cl

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Garnet red in colour. The bouquet brings blackcurrant cassis and notes of earth, basil and plum, showing a silky texture and depth, as well as an elegant tannin structure. Savoury sundried tomato pesto, tobacco spice, cherry and cinnamon notes linger on the palate long after the last sip. The Merlot forms the backbone with clean, vibrant fruit which add subtle freshness on the finish.

Steenberg, 'Mountain of Stone', has a romantic ring, but the original name was even more beautiful: it was called 'Swaaneweide' - The Feeding Place of Swans. Whether swans did indeed fly down to drink and swim in the cool clear waters of the farm, or whether the first owner, Catharina Ras, was being nostalgic about her former home in Lubeck, on the Baltic coast of Germany, is hard to tell. Catharina had probably named the farm after what she thought were swans which are not indigenous to South Africa and certainly not Constantia. It is thought that she had mistaken the spur-winged geese for swans as today you will still find a large population of these spur-winged geese at Steenberg. A romantic at heart with hedonistic tendencies, John has created wines synonymous of the first owner of Steenberg, Catharina, who developed and worked this land, her essence and strength bearing fruit 320 years later. The wines are classical and reminiscent of the old world.



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