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Magna Carta

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750 ml (Standard)

2016


Cultivar:

60% Sauvignon blanc, 40% Semillon

Country:

South Africa

Rating:

94 Points - Tim Atkin

Specifications:

13.25% alc vol Sugar g/l: 4.0
Type: White Blend, White Wine Cellaring Potential: 3 to 5 years
Origin: Constantia Appellation: Constantia

Tasting Notes:

Our 2016 Magna Carta strongly reflects the Steenberg terroir and the warmer, drier growing season by displaying aromas and concentrated flavours of white blossom, lemongrass, melon, grapefruit, candied lime and white stone fruit. The focus continues onto the palate where one finds an elegantly structured wine that shows the spiciness from the oak and richness tempered by the zesty acidity that forms the wine’s backbone. It is nuanced and ever-evolving in the glass and shows beautifully now, but will gain complexity with cellaring.

Candied Lime
Candied Lime

Grapefruit
Grapefruit

White Flowers
White Flowers

White Peach
White Peach

The Cape’s first farm, established in 1682, has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Roughly 30 minutes from the bustling heart of Cape Town, Steenberg is a destination steeped in heritage.

The two varieties are harvested and vinified separately according to their unique style before blending. The Sauvignon Blanc portion is made from old vines harvested during the early morning at sugar levels of 23°- 24B.

Eighteen hour skin contact before pressing extracts mineral and green tones from the Sauvignon Blanc. The Semillon grapes are left to hang on the vine as long as possible to achieve full ripeness. The clean juice is fermented in 500l and 600l French oak barrels.

The wine was left in barrel for a further 6 weeks with regular batonage – a total of two months in barrel from start of fermentation, through malolactic fermentation, to blending. After blending, the wine went back into barrel, a combination of 500l and 600l French oak barrels used, 30% new, 30% 2nd fill, 20% 3rd fill, 20% 4th fill. The wine spent a further 7 months, for a total of 9 months, in barrel before fining and bottling at the end of November 2016 and has been maturing in bottle ever since.

Food pairing

The 2016 Magna Carta with its freshness and fullness is a veritable food wine and pairs beautifully with crayfish, duck and salmon tartare.

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