Stark-Conde Oude Nektar Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 1.5L

Tasting Notes

Winery: Stark-Conde
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
SKU: STAOUD2019MAG Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 1.5L
Stark Conde Oude Nektar 2019



97 pts Tim Atkin MW 2022
Now established as one of Stellenbosch’s best reds – not least in the pages of this report – Oude Nektar is a brilliant assemblage of Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot, sourced from a world-class vineyard at 590 metres. South Africa’s answer to a Pauillac First Growth, this is structured, focused, balanced and very fine, with violet and dried herb aromas, cassis and black cherry fruit and a long, energetic finish. 2024-35.

97 pts Winemag.co.za April 2023
85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot. The Cab from a vineyard at 500m above sea level, the highest elevation on the farm – it burned down in 2009 and was replanted. Matured for 20 months in 300-litre barrels, 65% new. Red currant and cassis, subtle notes of flowers and herbs, pencil shavings and oak spice on the nose before an extremely elegant palate – pure fruit, urgent acidity and fine tannins. Terrific detail, plenty of refreshment and an extraordinarily long finish. Alcohol is a relatively modest 13.5% but the wine is not insubstantial – just wonderfully focused and precise.
5 Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
From estate’s highest vineyard, 19 (95 pts) improves on 18 (93 pts) in its pristine flavours of cassis, dry tealeaf, graphite & polished leather, thoughtful oaking, 22 months, 50% new. Seamless, with depth & breadth on the palate through to the enduring dried-herb finish. 15% petit verdot. Unfined/filtered, as all reds.

Winemaker Notes

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 the sixth vintage of this wine after replanting the vineyard. Our idea has always been to make what is basically a single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from this unique vineyard – although it is not a true single-vineyard in that we have blended in a
barrel selection of our very best Petit Verdot. The Cabernet has a very intense cassis aroma with unique citrus-rind notes. It has a firmer tannin structure than many of our wines, but still with the elegance for which Jonkershoek Valley wines are known. The 2019 was the fifth year of our ongoing drought, but paradoxically it was not a particularly warm growing season with no really severe heat spikes. The yields were extremely low with good fruit quality. The grapes were able to be harvested at relatively low sugar levels and produced wines with lower than average alcohol levels and excellent balance between fruit, acidity and tannin.

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