Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc
Steenberg celebrates its star cultivar with a sauvignon blanc Odyssey
On Saturday 18 May, Steenberg will celebrate its signature cultivar -
Sauvignon Blanc - with an annual event that will be known as the
Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc Odyssey.
Renowned as one of the top white wine cellars in South Africa, Steenberg is best known for this varietal, which first put the celebrated winery on the map. Sauvignon Blanc thrives in the cool Constantia climate where the South-Easter brings Atlantic sea breezes to the fragrant Cape Floral Kingdom set against the Stone Mountain, to create a unique terroir that lends great structure and a strong sense of place to Steenberg’s Sauvignon Blancs.
The Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc Odyssey on Saturday 18 May will be an integrated sensory occasion for media, trade partners and consumers. Starting at 12.30 with a glass of Steenberg’s legendary Methode Cap Classique on arrival, the focus of this culinary and tasting voyage will be a tutored Sauvignon Blanc Tasting led by John Loubser (General Manager) and Winemaker, JD Pretorius. Five different flights will feature the different styles of Sauvignon Blanc on the local and international front – including a flight showcasing Steenberg’s different styles, and their versatility and longevity. This is intertwined with a sumptuous 5-Course Course Sauvignon Blanc and Food Pairing luncheon at Catharina’s, the farm’s modern fine-dining Restaurant.
Eager to showcase his favourite cultivar, Pretorius says: ‘There is so much more to Sauvignon Blanc than the racy, fresh and crisp white wine we enjoy fresh off the harvest. It surfaces in many different styles, and makes a fantastic blending partner, and in the case of Constantia Sauvignon Blancs, has amazing ageing potential when it develops weight and serious complexity’.
Within its portfolio, Steenberg offers no less than four different styles of Sauvignon Blanc and a blend thereof. The cultivar therefore dominates its total vineyard plantings and is an integral part of Steenberg’s icon wine, Magna Carta, where Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon meet to create a complex, elegant wine with enticingly perfumed aromas of orange blossom, tangerine and green figs. Steenberg’s Sauvignon Blanc Reserve too is a multi-award winning wine that is a true expression of Steenberg’s terroir, with its delicate freshness on the palate and beautiful creamy lingering aftertaste. The classic, signature Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc consistently shows mineral and great complexity, with Steenberg H.M.S. Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc positioned as the farm’s barrel fermented option. The lighter, more tropical style of the Klein Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc completes Steenberg’s hand-crafted range of Sauvignon Blancs.
During the Sauvignon Blanc Odyssey workshop Pretorius and Loubser will be characterising, differentiating and mystifying Sauvignon Blanc, with emphasis on its value as a blending partner and its phenomenal longevity. Entwined with the various flights will be a selection of dishes prepared by Executive Chef Garth Almazan, challenging Sauvignon Blanc to the extreme with the likes of Steak Tartare, Risotto, and Veal Picatta to name but a few.
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