1804R. PercivalAcct of Cape of G.H. 188The Steen wine has a sparkling quality and tartish taste, something like Vin de Grave, but much inferior in flavour.
1806Gleanings in Afr. (anon.) 224The Steen wine made here is of a superior quality.
1832Graham’s Town Jrnl 24 Aug. 135Old Rough Pontac, Steen, and other Cape Wines.
1920K.M. Jeffreystr. ofMemorandum of Commissary J.A. de Mist 204The Cape grapes,..produce..various other kinds of very healthy and delicious wines, known under the names of Cape Madeira,..steen wine, vintint and others.
1968C.J. Orffer inD.J. OppermanSpirit of Vine 100The memorandum drawn up by De Mist in Holland in 1802 contained the following significant wine data: Cape grapes produced, apart from the world-famous Constantia wine, other and delicious [wines] under the names: Cape Madeira, Cape Malaga, medicinal wines, Steen wine, Vintint, [etc.].
1975E. Prov. Herald 20 Feb. 2Experts say that except for the Steen, all have tremendous potential for improvement if laid down for a number of years.
a1918Off. Yr Bk of Union No. 2, 1918 439 (Swart)Wine-making — Green Grape, Hanepoot, Hermitage, Steen etc.
1966H. BeckMeet Cape Wines (2nd ed.) 11The stein (or steen) was rapidly approaching the position it holds today of being one of the most valuable of our table wine grapes.
1972M.S. Leroux inStd Encycl. of Sn Afr. 306Van Riebeeck’s first modest vintage, pressed on 2 Feb., 1659, consisted mainly of the crop gathered from two-year-old Muscadel vines and another white variety of round grape which could have been Steen or ‘White French’ grapes.
1979S. Afr. Digest May 11The most common white cultivar, the Steen (or Chenin Blanc), varies widely from the full and robust to the off dry and light, as it is grown widely throughout the Cape and illustrates the result of different climatic and soil conditions on a cultivar.
1980J. PlatterBk of S. Afr. Wines 65Stein, Semi-sweet white usually a blend and often confused with steen, a grape variety, though most stein style wines are made at least partly from steen grapes.
1988D. Hughes et al.Complete Bk of S. Afr. Wine 96Chenin Blanc, or Steen. For years this cultivar was known as Steen in South Africa and was believed to be unique to the Cape. In 1965..it was established that the Steen cultivar was identical to the French variety, Chenin Blanc — since then, both names have been recognised.
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