Established by Catharina Ras in 1682, Steenberg was the Cape’s first wine farm, located only 30 minutes from the heart of Cape Town. In 1695 Frederik Russouw bought the farm and it was passed down through the generations until 1990 when it was purchased by J.C.I (Johannesburg Consolidated Investments) and re-developed into the glorious vineyard and hotel it is today. Graham Beck bought Steenberg Hotel and Steenberg Winery in April 2005. Steenberg Hotel has since flourished into a luxury destination with an award-winning winery set amongst the estate’s astounding natural landscape.
The Catharina red blend consists of 50% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec and 6% Petit Verdot. Complex layers of basil and cedar, cassis and lavender blossom, cinnamon stick and dark chocolate. Concentrated red and black fruit (raspberry, blackcurrant and black cherry) show on both the nose and the palate, accented with a full, smooth texture from the Cabernet Sauvignon component. Light herbal notes from the Merlot lend a refreshing finish, while the Malbec and Petit Verdot round out the blend, adding structure and depth.