Stark-Condé,

Oude Nektar

Cabernet Sauvignon,Malbec,Petit Verdot,
Coastal Region,South Africa,
2018
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  • Greg Sherwood: 96
  • Tim Atkin: 97

£69.99

Bottle size: 750 ml,

In stock

Stark-Condé Wines is located in the picturesque Jonkershoek Valley in Stellenbosch. It is a dramatic valley with steep changes in vineyard elevation from 150 to 600 metres making for a range of sites with distinct characteristics. At Stark-Condé they stick to traditional winemaking methods: open tank fermentation meticulous sorting of grapes hand-punchdowns basket pressing and maturation in small French oak barrels.

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In The Cellar
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.

In The Vineyard
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.
"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.
Cultivar Description:5% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot, 85% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol:14%
Sugar:2.4 g/l