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Stark-Conde Field Blend White 2020

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About this wine: This year we decided to mirror the ratio of the grape varietals in the vineyard, and make an aromatic Roussanne-led blend. The overall
fruit quality was exceptional – loose bunches, small berries, and robust skins bringing structure and a concentration of flavours. This
wine is almost entirely barrel fermented, with a small portion being aged in concrete egg to add a component of body. We handled the
wine as carefully and naturally as possible, giving it only a light fining and then bottling with minimal filtration. By bringing
Roussanne to the fore, we made a delicate wine with a perfume that is nuanced and a very fine tannin on the palate. This is the ninth vintage for this wine, and quite possibly our finest yet.

Assemblage: 54% Roussanne, 30% Chenin Blanc, 9% Verdelho, 7% Viognier

 

Reviews:

Five Stars 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

This aromatic Roussane-led white blend is made from a single vineyard block which consists of 4 different grape varietals. The grapes were planted with the specific intention of creating this unique blend. Roussane and Viognier add richness and texture, while Chenin Blanc and
Verdelho add bright fruit and acidity. The wine is delicately oaked, and handled as carefully and naturally as possible.

94 pts Tim Atkin MW 2021

The best field blend white yet from Rüdger van Wyk and José Condé, this is Roussanne dominated for the first time, with support from 46% Chenin Blanc, Verdelho and Viognier. Honeysuckle and jasmine-perfumed, it has flavours of aromatic herbs, aniseed, passion fruit and citrus and a smidgeon of oak spice. 2022-27

92 pts Vinous April 2021

A blend of Roussanne, Chenin Blanc, Verdelho and Viognier, the 2020 Field Blend has one of Stark Condé’s finest aromatics, offering honeysuckle, passion fruit, lychee and waxy aromas, hints of linseed and walnut emerging with time. The palate is very well balanced with an intense opening of pineapple, stem ginger, lemon thyme and grapefruit. Quite concentrated in style, and packed with flavor on the finish. Give it a year in bottle. Very fine.

92 pts Decanter 2021 World Wine Awards

Flavours of grapefruit sherbet, white blossom and lemon zest. The palate is taut with a mineral finish and grapefruit-pith notes.

90 pts Wine Spectator 7/31/21

This juicy white is medium-bodied, with an appealing mix of passion fruit, melon and tangerine fruit flavors. Bright and refreshing, shows hints of chalk, orchard blossom and spice on the finish. Roussanne, Chenin Blanc, Verdelho and Viognier. Drink now through 2026.”

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