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We had done a circular trip on the Cape Peninsula on the pubic holiday on Tuesday 27th April 2010 and couldn’t get parking in Kalk Bay so we stopped off at Steenberg Wine Estate instead. Wow!

They have recently finished renovating one end of their industrial wine cellar building and have created a wonderful environment for their wine tasting and their Bistro Sixteen82. They are both in a modern décor and open up, through huge folding glass doors, on to a landscaped garden with big water features and beyond to the mountain. The tasting area has a lovely elliptical bar as well as a comfortable lounge.

We found the Steenberg 1682 Chardonnay Methode Cap Classique to be clean and crisp (8/10) while the Klein Steenberg Rose 2009 was fine for easy drinking (5/10). We like the Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc but were amazed by the difference between the 2009 (6/10) and the 2008 (7/10) vintages. The 2009 is light coloured, fruity and easy drinking whereas the 2008 was darker, fuller, rounder and lingered. We were then called to our table in the Bistro so never got to taste the reds although we know that we like their Shiraz because we have a Steenberg Shiraz 2007 in our cellar.

We weren’t that hungry so we all only had their steak sandwiches which had lovely quality meat, cooked perfectly, on amazing ciabatta with great chips. The service was good. We noted that they offer a tapas menu from 4pm. We will return to do full justice to the menu.

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