Golden delicious apples, citrus and quince – these are the flavours of autumn you can expect from a glass of Steenberg Chardonnay.
Joining the Steenberg Classic line-up in a refined new look, the 2021 Chardonnay expresses elegance and sophistication both in taste and appearance. Giving prominence to the iconic swan that signifies the quality and esteem upheld by Steenberg Vineyards since 1682, the stylish new label has a timeless, yet contemporary aesthetic.
Crafted by Cellarmaster Elunda Basson, Steenberg Chardonnay 2021 has intense aromas of citrus marmalade, fresh golden delicious apples, butterscotch and shortbread. Hints of subtle vanilla and oak spice imparted during six months’ maturation in French oak barrels follows through onto the palate where they meld with quince and candied apples. Bracing acidity and chalky minerality tempers the bight, clean structure and long, lingering finish.
As the cooler weather starts wafting in, Steenberg Chardonnay drinks beautifully on its own, but is just as appealing as a food wine. Steenberg Executive Chef of Tryn and Bistro Sixteen82 fame recommends a rich pork belly roast with a Chardonnay & mustard sauce and apple slaw on the side as a perfect autumn pairing for this richly layered wine.
Steenberg Chardonnay 2021 is available countrywide and sells for R175 at the cellar door. For online purchases visit https://www.steenbergfarm.com/buy-wine-online/.
Roasted Pork Belly with Chardonnay & Mustard Sauce and Apple Slaw
By Steenberg Executive Chef, Kerry Kilpin
Pork belly roast:
1,2kg pork belly
5ml Maldon salt
2,5ml fennel seeds, crushed
1 pinch dried chilli
Combine the fennel seeds, pinch of dried chilli and Maldon salt to make a salt rub for the pork belly. Score the rind of the pork belly with a sharp knife. Rub both the skin and flesh side of the pork belly with a little olive oil and season with the salt rub), making sure the oil and salt penetrate the scores (add more Maldon salt if you like salty crackling). Place the pork belly on a wire rack inside a baking tray and cook at 240°C for 30-40 minutes until the rind crackles and is golden brown. Turn the oven down to 180°C and cook for 20-30 minutes or until the meat is soft with no resistance when you insert a skewer. Once cooked, let the roast rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
Chardonnay & Mustard sauce
30ml mustard powder
Place the Chardonnay in a pot and bring to the boil, then remove from the heat. This allows the alcohol to cook off. Beat the egg, mustard and sugar in a bowl over a double boiler until light and fluffy. Add the milk and wine and continue to beat and cook until the sugar has dissolved, and the sauce has thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter.
Serve at room temperature.
1 Granny Smith apple, julienned
1 cup finely shredded red cabbage
100g finely sliced mange tout
2 spring onions, sliced
35ml raspberry vinegar
2 sprigs thyme, chopped
200ml olive oil blend
In a bowl, whisk the vinegar, honey and thyme. Gradually add the oil while continuously whisking. Season with salt and pepper. Combine the slaw ingredients with the raspberry vinaigrette about 15 minute before serving.
Serve a piece of pork belly on a plate, pour the Chardonnay & mustard sauce next to the pork belly, and serve with the slaw.
Enjoy with a glass of Steenberg Chardonnay.