Christian Eedes is the editor of winemag.co.za and a leading authority on all vinous fare produced in South Africa. So when he compiles a Top 20 Cape Cabernet feature for Decanter its worth taking note and we’re delighted to reveal that the clear winner is imported by ourselves.
Stark-Condé joined the Museum Wines portfolio in January this year following our visit to the farm last November and Christian has scored it with a whopping 96 points out of a potential 100, describing it as below:
““It comes across as seamless, providing a sense of both poise and tightness. Red and black berries, violets and some leafiness plus a little reduction on the nose, while the palate shows pure fruit, bright acidity and firm but fine tannins. Drink 2020-2027.”
And Christian isn’t the only wine who has recognised the quality coming out of Stark-Condé’s Jonkershoek estate farm. Tim Atkin MW rated them as a ‘First Growth’ in his annual special report on South Africa last year whilst winemaker Rudger van Wyk was named Young Winemaker of the Year in the coveted Diner’s Club awards for 2019, specifically for their Stellenbosch Syrah.
Yet possibly the most poignant and touching summation of this wine was from Joe Wadsack in his South African Cabernet episode of his YouTube series Drinks Coach UK which aired on Tuesday evening when the beguiling beauty encapsulated within this fermented grape juice had the big man on the cusp of tears. If a wine can do that you ought to know what it tastes like.
It seems as though South Africa is very much having its moment in the global sun, at a time when it needs it most, so see what all the fuss is about by ordering yours via the links below…