A new vintage of Steeenberg’s flagship red – Catharina – has just been released – perfect to break the winter chill. Chef Kerry Kilpin shares one of her hearty dishes to enjoy with this wine. Succumb to the warm embrace of Catharina, Steenberg’s assured and alluring flagship red just released in a richly textured new vintage to enjoy with hearty winter comfort food.
Bold yet suave, forthright yet subtle, this accomplished Bordeaux-style red blend embodies the courageous life of Catharina Ras, Steenberg’s inspiring 17th century founder. Steenberg Catharina 2020, the 23rd since its maiden vintage in 1997, is a celebration of her ever-present legacy in the passion and determination of the entire Steenberg team.
The wine is a thoroughbred Cape Bordeaux blend composed of Merlot (59%), Cabernet Sauvignon (27%) and Malbec (14%) and represents the best barrels of the vintage. It is a captivating expression of the cool climate Steenberg terroir in the Constantia Valley.
Revealing layers of concentrated raspberry, blackcurrant and black cherry supported by a full, yet subtle texture, make Catharina 2020 the ideal winter red for your next dinner party with friends. The dark fruit and spice, lifting acidity and a polished tannic finish, create the optimal pairing for most red meat and rich, saucy dishes.
One of Cellarmaster Elunda Basson’s favourite dishes to enjoy with this wine is Steenberg Executive Chef Kerry Kilpin’s ricotta and herb stuffed neck of lamb topped with a zesty lemon jus. This flavourful dish beautifully uplifts the herbal notes of the Merlot in the blend. Catharina is also the perfect wine when a soothing glass is called for to round off a chilly day.
There has never been a better time to discover the new vintage of this flagship red. Steenberg Catharina 2020 is available at a cellar door price of R365 per bottle. For online purchases visit www.steenbergfarm.com