2017 Oude Nektar

Cape South Coast,South Africa,

£75.50

Bottle size: 75cl,
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Description

CELLAR INFORMATION All of the grapes were hand-picked in mid-March. This was our last vineyard to pick. The grapes were cooled overnight and then de-stemmed and carefully sorted. Fermentation was in small-lot open tanks. The wine was cold-soaked for two days before fermentation began. We did punchdowns 4-6 times a day during the vigorous part of the fermentation and then 2 times towards the end. After about 10 days on the skins, the wine was pressed and racked to barrel for malo-lactic fermentation. VINEYARD INFORMATION This wine is based around the highest elevation vineyard on the farm – at 500 meters arguably one of Stellenbosch’s highest Cabernet vineyards. Originally planted in 2003, it burned down in 2009 and was re-planted. It is an ideal combination of soil and site. It has a very stoney decomposed granite soil with a clay subsoil and it has an almost perfect aspect towards the afternoon sun. This aspect and elevation means that the vineyard receives almost 45 minutes more direct sunlight than Stellenbosch average.

Additional information

Wine Type

Red

Country

South Africa

Region

Cape South Coast

Vintage

2017

Brand

Stark-Conde

Cultivar

Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle Size

75cl

Pack Size

1x75cl

Pack Type

Loose Bottles

Alcohol Percentage

14.00

Duty Status

In Bond

Availability

Immediate

Rating Agencies

Tim Atkin

Reviews

Tim Atkin 97

[01/01/2023]

Greg Sherwood 97

Bottle 3,313 of 4,617. A very interesting block, I’m told. 580 m asl, Stark-Conde’s coolest block of Cab, but it gets a half hour of more sunlight every day. 2017 was a beautiful vintage – 28-32 deg C during the day and down to 9-11 at night. So staggeringly different from the 2018. I’ve decided to keep my slightly incoherent original tasting note here, unedited, because it’s honest, and when I tasted this wine on the second and the third and the fourth day afterwards, it was the same every time. A dancer. Cashmere. The fruit on this is exquisite. See-through. Pomegranate. So so so fine. I ve found less words with this wine, yet loved it more. Purity of fruit, a thinker, on a rock by itself watching the sunset. Introvert and fragrant and my god this guy [Rudger Van Wyk] does storybook tannins. This beauty stole my heart. – Tamlyn Currin. [01/01/2023]

JancisRobinson.com 90

[01/01/2023]