Stark-Condé are no stranger to accolades but at the same time not ones to get complacent either, and a score of 96 points is always going to heads turning. Even more so when the score comes from none other than South Africa’s first Master of Wine – Greg Sherwood MW. Unlike some of his peers Greg doesn’t bestow 96 point scores with reckless abandon, so this is well worth noting.
The wine in question is their Three Pines Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, a single vineyard expression of the cultivar that is so well suited to the Jonkershoek Valley where the farm is located. Greg describes it as below:
“The aromatics are piquant, spicy and thoroughly enticing with hints of fragrant black berry confit on slightly burnt brown breakfast toast supported by emerging notes of bruleed coffee beans, inky iodine, sweet cherry tobacco, cola, salty cassis and a pronounced under vein of graphite. The palate is super elegant from start to finish, suave, supple and impressively harmonious with a fine textural breadth and depth of black and blueberry saline fruits, soft, sleek silky tannins and all the tell-tale weightless concentration that has come to define this vintage’s greatest red wines. Seamless, precise and incredibly well made, this is sultry, seductive Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon at its best. Drink now or cellar for 12+ years.”
If that wasn’t enough it was also named in the Wine Merchant Top 100 this week, selected by a panel of independent wine merchants from almost 1,000 entries as being one of the very best wines available in the UK…