Stark-Conde Syrah 2017

Tasting Notes

Winery: Stark-Conde
Varietal: Shiraz
SKU: STASYR2017 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Stark Conde Syrah 2017


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96 pts Decanter

A wonderfully perfumed expression with top notes of red cherry, violets and peppercorn spice. Lithe and elegant, a long cool weightless concentration makes for a serious glass of wine.

91 pts Wine Spectator 5/31/20

A medium- to full-bodied red, with notes of currant, plum sauce, mocha and roasted thyme, backed by a firm structure built from medium tannins and vibrant acidity. Resembles corduroy in texture, with a smooth feel, showing slight grip from the tannins. Good range. Best from 2022 through 2035.

Winemaker Notes

We make a different style of Syrah than many in South Africa. We are looking for an elegant, polished presence. Full, but not over-the-top. We have been tweaking these vineyards over the past decade to emphasize these qualities, blending in small amounts of other varieties to add complexity.

Although this is a blend of three vineyard blocks, the primary vineyard is our “Block 1” an incredibly stoney vineyard that most visitors can not
believe will actually support plant life. This special vineyard gives an intense grippiness and serves as the backbone of the wine.

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