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Lady R

Steenberg, Lady R 2012

R435

5 in stock

Notes

'Premium offering still tops the sparkling range. Classy 12 70% Darling Pinot Noir, old-oak-fermented Robertson Chardonnay; rich & precise from 54 months on lees yet subtle, enlivened by a crunchy red apple bite. Like 11, more biscuity than siblings'. – Platter's Wine Guide 2018, 5*

'The 2012 Lady R has a pale copper hue. Aromatically, this wine shows hints of apple blossom, honeysuckle, raspberry, almond puff pastry, citrus biscuits and savoury dried herbs. The creaminess on the palate is complemented by the subtle and refreshing acidity of the wine. There’s a salinity that carries through on the palate alongside restrained oak spiciness. Lady R’s effervescence shows finesse with elegantly fine bubbles that contribute to the overall texture of the wine. It is seriously structured and shows elegance and beautiful ageing ability'. – Wine Maker

Vinification:
Their 2012 Cuvée, the Steenberg Lady R, is made in the traditional French method of second fermentation in the bottle and is designated Méthode Cap Classique. The grapes were hand-picked at low sugar levels of 18.5 – 19°B and whole bunch pressed to extract the juice as gently as possible. The juice of both the Pinot Noir and the Chardonnay components was low in phenols and high in natural acidity. The juice fermented with a strong yeast strain to form the base wine of the MCC. The Pinot Noir base wine has a delicate light pink colour with a fine strawberry flavour and makes up 70% of the blend. The remaining 30% is made up of barrel-fermented Chardonnay – fermentation takes place in old 600l French oak casks. Once the base wine is stabilised, it is fermented a second time in the bottle with a crown cap. This second fermentation creates the bubbles (or mousse) of the MCC. Post fermentation, the 2012 Lady R spent 51 months on the yeast lees before disgorgement in December 2016.

Analysis:
Alc: 12.14% RS: 5.6 g/L TA: 7.2 g/L pH: 3.28

'Premium offering still tops the sparkling range. Classy 12 70% Darling Pinot Noir, old-oak-fermented Robertson Chardonnay; rich & precise from 54 months on lees yet subtle, enlivened by a crunchy red apple bite. Like 11, more biscuity than siblings'. – Platter's Wine Guide 2018, 5*

'The 2012 Lady R has a pale copper hue. Aromatically, this wine shows hints of apple blossom, honeysuckle, raspberry, almond puff pastry, citrus biscuits and savoury dried herbs. The creaminess on the palate is complemented by the subtle and refreshing acidity of the wine. There’s a salinity that carries through on the palate alongside restrained oak spiciness. Lady R’s effervescence shows finesse with elegantly fine bubbles that contribute to the overall texture of the wine. It is seriously structured and shows elegance and beautiful ageing ability'. – Wine Maker

Vinification:
Their 2012 Cuvée, the Steenberg Lady R, is made in the traditional French method of second fermentation in the bottle and is designated Méthode Cap Classique. The grapes were hand-picked at low sugar levels of 18.5 – 19°B and whole bunch pressed to extract the juice as gently as possible. The juice of both the Pinot Noir and the Chardonnay components was low in phenols and high in natural acidity. The juice fermented with a strong yeast strain to form the base wine of the MCC. The Pinot Noir base wine has a delicate light pink colour with a fine strawberry flavour and makes up 70% of the blend. The remaining 30% is made up of barrel-fermented Chardonnay – fermentation takes place in old 600l French oak casks. Once the base wine is stabilised, it is fermented a second time in the bottle with a crown cap. This second fermentation creates the bubbles (or mousse) of the MCC. Post fermentation, the 2012 Lady R spent 51 months on the yeast lees before disgorgement in December 2016.

Analysis:
Alc: 12.14% RS: 5.6 g/L TA: 7.2 g/L pH: 3.28

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PG 5*

Country

ZA

Region

Constantia

Style

Sparkling

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