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Stark-Conde Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

Tasting Notes

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.

Winery: Stark-Conde
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
SKU: STACAB2020 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Stark-Conde Cabernet 2020

$26.99

Awards/Reviews

4 ½ Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Dashes petit Verdot, cab franc& Malbec give extra punch to 20(93 pts)’s chocolate-dipped flavours of dark plum & hedgerow fruit. Fine expression, with a smooth, supple texture, 30% new barrels, 20 months, add well-judged mulled-wine spice. From 4 blocks on the farm. Worth cellaring. WO Stellenbosch.

93 pts Tim Atkin MW 2022
The basic Stark-Condé Cabernet Sauvignon – blended with 13% Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc – is a textbook expression of the Jonkershoek Valley, with a winning combination of perfume, freshness and structure. Graphite and blackcurrant leaf notes are complemented by subtle wood. 2023-30

92+ pts Greg Sherwood MW March 2024
The 2020 Stark Conde Cabernet Sauvignon is another charming wine with an alluring aromatics of pressed violets, sweet piquant black berries, black cherry, burnt wood embers, sweet cedar wood shavings and a stony graphite spice that wafts from the glass. The palate is fresh and vibrant, deep and layered, with a core of zippy black currant fruits, soft black plum nuances, black cherries, fine grained tannins, and a sumptuous depth of spicy granitic minerality. A very well honed, harmonious, full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon expression that combines a wonderful balance, finesse and harmony with the characteristic Jonkershoek Valley fruit intensity and structure. Drink on release and over 10+ years comfortably.

Winemaker Notes

The grapes for this wine are from 4 different Cabernet vineyards and our best Petit Verdot and Malbec vineyards, all at a range of different elevations. Although all are on the decomposed granite soils typical of the hillsides in Jonkershoek, the soil textures
vary quite a lot and that, together with the differences in elevations and clones, gives a variety of different flavour profiles to the grapes. The Malbec grapes were picked early March, and the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot grapes were harvested in mid March. After being cold-soaked for a couple of days the juice underwent fermentation with the natural yeasts for about 10 days on the skins. The fermentations were hand punched-down every 4 hours for the first half of fermentation and every 6-8 hours until dry. At dryness, the wine was pressed and racked to barrel for malo-lactic fermentation and barrel maturation. Only 3001 French oak was used, of which about 30% were new. Bottled with no fining and without filtration after 20 months barrel maturation. This vineyard is organic-in-conversion.

2020 saw the tail end of the drought. The harvest began early and ended in a relatively short period. Average temperatures were
moderate, with cool evenings which resulted in good fruit quality. Although yields were on the low side, the grapes had excellent
balance between fruit, acidity and tannin. This wine is vegan friendly.

Since this wine is from several different blocks, the soil textures vary, but the soil type is the decomposed granite iron-rich red soils typical of Stellenbosch mountain vineyards.

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