2018 Oude Nektar

Cape South Coast,South Africa,

£60.49

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 with natural yeasts. 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. The wine spent 20 months in barrel, all small French oak, about 50% new. Bottled with no fining and no filtration.
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

2018

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

Greg Sherwood

Reviews

Greg Sherwood 96

This is another really impressive expression of a Cabernet Sauvignon based wine from one of South Africa s preeminent Stellenbosch proponents. The aromatics are spectacularly lifted and intense with perfumed notes of saline black liquorice, oyster shell, lilac, cassis leaf, black currant and hints of fresh mint, wet tobacco and buttered brown toast. The palate shows incredible precision framed by crisp linear acids that add to both a tightly knit steely texture and wound-spring tension. Lacking no amount of saline black fruit, the wine is also mineral and focused with hints of graphite, sweet cedar spice and a broody, stony veneer on the finish. This wine is all about sinewy tension, complex gravelly minerality and restrained, classical fruit intensity. Stellenbosch and the Jonkershoek Valley excel yet again! Drink from 2022 to 2035+. – Greg Sherwood MW. [01/01/2023]

Tim Atkin 97

[01/01/2023]