Steenberg Vineyards in Constantia, situated on the Cape's oldest wine farm, received several accolades at the prestigious Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, which took place on the 28th of May at Grande Roche Estate in Paarl.
Steenberg's premier Magna Carta 2011 vintage was awarded the ultimate distinction, winning the Grande Roche Trophy at the ceremony. Furthermore, Steenberg's 2007 and 2011 Semillon vintages were awarded silver medals.
The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show is judged by a panel of internationally-acclaimed sommeliers, wine educators and authorities. The awards honour excellence in the wine industry, and Steenberg Vineyards' Magna Carta 2011 was a clear example of this excellence.
A blend of the wine-producer's two specialty varieties, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, Magna Carta is the estate's ultimate declaration of quality. Varieties are harvested at optimum ripeness, selectively blended and aged in French oak barrels for up to 12 months to create this testament to Steenberg's dedication to sublime quality.
"Having the Magna Carta 2011 recognised at South Africa's premier wine competition is a great honour, and we are extremely proud that its quality, character and balance have been rewarded in such a significant way," says Cellarmaster, J.D Pretorius.
The Magna Carta 2011 represents the best vintages that Steenberg has to offer. On the nose, the blend shows notes of tangerine, peach and orange blossom, with gunflint smokiness. The palate follows with notes of lemon grass, lime and tangerine. Bottle ageing gives the wine a creaminess and fresh acidity.
The Steenberg Semillon 2011 and 2007 vintages, with ripe tropical fruit and limes on the nose, followed by notes of peach, apricots, lime and a hint of vanilla and spice on the palate, also clinched Steenberg two silver medals.