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Stark-Condé, Three Pines Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2017
Stark-Condé were named in the ‘First Growth’ category of Tim Atkin’s special report on South Africa in 2019 whilst winemaker Rudger van Wyk was named Young Winemaker of the Year 2019. All in all they’re very much an estate on the rise and we’re very excited to welcome them to the Museum Wines portfolio.
From their well-known Three Pines vineyard. The grapes were hand-harvested and hand-sorted and fermented in open tanks with hand-punchdowns throughout. Matured for 20 months in small French oak, 70% new. A small amount of Petit Verdot (6%), Cabernet Franc (4%) and Malbec (2%) was blended in to enhance the mouthfeel and perfume. An excellent vintage of Cabernet that will reward careful cellaring.
This wine has been a 2x Six Nations Wine Competition trophy winner; a 4x Platter 5-star wine; and a 2x Old Mutual Trophy winner as well as being heralded with 96 points by not one, but two Master of Wines – Tim Atkin and more recently South Africa’s own Greg Sherwood.
If that wasn’t enough it was also named in the Wine Merchant Top 100 in 2021, 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.
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