Stark-Condé are named in the ‘First Growth’ category of Tim Atkin’s special report on South Africa whilst winemaker Rudger van Wyk was named Young Winemaker of the Year. They’re very much an estate on the rise.
This is their estate blend of Syrah/Syrah/Shiraz. It is primarily from what they call Block 1, which is full of fist-size river stones; it is surprising that anything can grow. The dense, structured fruit from that vineyard is complemented by two other vineyard blocks. They added about 5% whole bunch to the ferments. About 50% was done with natural yeasts. All the wine was aged in small French oak for 20 months, 20% new. A fine, elegant style of Syrah/Syrah/Shiraz.