Stark-Condé Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Stellenbosch
R290
In stock
(Only 34 left)
94
DEC
New
'Reserved and understated with a structured dark berry fruit core palate with vibrant fresh acids and a cool, tart, saline finish.' – Decanter World Wine Awards, 94/100 (Silver)

'2018 ‘estate blend’ of the 4 cab blocks plus splashes petit verdot, malbec, petite sirah & merlot is sterner, more austere than 2017 (94 pts), with tealeaf, tobacco & pencil shavings toning down dark-fruit exuberance. Should mellow with cellaring. Stellenbosch WO, as next 2.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (93/100)

'Very few producers make pure Jonkershoek reds, which is a shame given how special the terroir is. This is Cabernet Sauvignon based, with 15% Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah, sourced from sites between 150 and 600 metres. Serious, dense and focused, with crunchy blackcurrant fruit, granular tannins and appealing lift and freshness. Drink 2023-28.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 93/100

'85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec, 2% Petite Sirah and 1% Cabernet Franc. Matured for 20 months in 300-litre French oak barrels, 30% new. Cassis, pencil shavings and earth on the nose while the palate shows a dense core of fruit, bright acidity and firm tannins – great structure and balance.' – Winemag Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2021, Top 10 (93/100)

'Blackberry fruit aromas with tea-leaf and cedar notes. The palate is rich and polished with dark fruit and mocha flavours and a finely balanced acidity. Long finish with the fine tannins typical of a Jonkershoek Valley wine.' – Winemaker
More Information
Condition New
Alcohol 14%
Body Medium to full-bodied
Blend information 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec, 2% Petite Sirah and 1% Cabernet Franc
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Cabernet Sauvignon
Rating DEC 94
Technical analysis RS: 2.0 g/L | TA: 6.0 g/L
Producer information Stark-Condé Wines is a boutique winery located in Jonkershoek Valley, started in 1998 by Hans and Midori Schroder, together with their daughter, Marie and her husband José. Their wines are hand-crafted in small volumes using traditional methods: hand sorting, open-top fermentations, hand punch-downs and manual basket pressing. All the Stark-Condé wines are bottled without fining and filtration. Winemaking is done by José.
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