From the analytical eye of the General Manager John Loubser, the most important ingredients to a superior wine are quality vineyards, climate and gentle human intervention to allow the grape to do what it does naturally. John’s positive and sensitive passion to the wine industry has left its indelible mark on the wines of Steenberg. Working in an environment where the facilities are modern, efficient and the best in the country, allowed John the freedom to express his knowledge through the art of wine making.
A romantic at heart with hedonistic tendencies, John has created wines synonymous of the first owner of Steenberg, Catharina, who developed and worked this land, her essence and strength bearing fruit 320 years later. The wines are classical and reminiscent of the old world, complimenting fine dining while creating the perfect marriage of good food and good wine.
As John so expressively puts it: “I’m influenced by what surrounds me. Smells, flavours, colours, vistas, sounds, experiences, people – anything that tickles my imagination or my senses. The thought of a good wine and food combination makes my mouth salivate. Wine is truly one of the highs when it comes to sensory pleasures and this influences me.”
The Brut 1682 Chardonnay yields a consistent flavour of fresh granny smith apples with overtones of freshly baked biscuits rounded by a creamy yet fresh mouthfeel. It is a wonderful wine for all occasions, remaining crisp and refreshing on the palate without lacking fullness. 18 months on the lees in bottle.