Steenberg Vineyards has launched a new range of generous, super-premium wines named after three tall ships in the Royal Navy fleet that defeated the Dutch in the Battle of Muizenberg in 1795.
Words by Greg Landman
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.
Reminiscent of this short-lived yet historically significant battle, their namesakes are a distinctive collection of Steenberg wines set apart by their rose gold capsules and filigree trim.
Ruby Rosé 2017 is a blend of Syrah (51%) and Cinsault (49%) with watermelon sorbet, toffee apple and red liquorice candy on the nose, dry but with a sweet fruity finish.
Sphynx Chardonnay 2017 — a lightly barrel-fermented Chardonnay from specially selected vineyards in Robertson and Bonnievale. Typically rich with plenty of fruit flavours it is eminently drinkable now but will age beautifully for a further two to five years. Enjoy it with shellfish, creamy soups or grilled fish.
Stately 2015 is a generous, full-bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (63%) and Shiraz (37%) with notes of ripe blackberries, dried black olives, ripe mulberries and freshly ground black pepper on the nose, even a grape or two lurking there. A dense and opulent wine with a silky texture and elegant tannin structure.
The Ruby Rosé 2017 sells for R86, the Sphynx Chardonnay 2017 sells for R135 and the Stately Red 2015 sells for R135 at the Steenberg cellar door in Constantia.