This single-vineyard iconic Cabernet is based on a high elevation vineyard site (350m). The finely textured decomposed granite soil, cooler temperatures, and ample winter rainfall creates perfect growing conditions for premium Cabernet. The wine is characterized by its silky tannin structure and unique floral notes. Since its maiden vintage in 2000, this has been one of South Africa’s most consistently awarded Cabernets. Introducing Stark-Conde Three Pines Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, a premium wine that captures the essence of South Africa’s renowned winemaking prowess. This exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon is a celebration of the 2018 vintage, known for producing wines of extraordinary depth and character. Sourced from the esteemed Three Pines vineyard, nestled in the heart of South Africa’s wine country, this wine is a testament to the unique terroir and the meticulous care that goes into every bottle. At Stark-Conde, we pride ourselves on producing wines that are not just tasted, but experienced. The Three Pines Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 exemplifies this philosophy, showcasing our commitment to quality, tradition, and innovation. This wine is a tribute to the Cabernet Sauvignon grape, carefully cultivated and masterfully crafted to create a drinking experience that is both luxurious and memorable.
As you pour a glass of Stark-Conde Three Pines Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, its deep, inviting ruby color captures your attention. The nose is greeted with a complex array of aromas: ripe blackcurrants and dark cherries intertwine with subtle notes of cedar, tobacco, and a touch of dark chocolate – a signature of its elegant aging process.
The palate of the Three Pines Cabernet Sauvignon is a revelation of flavors. It offers a rich blend of dark fruit, beautifully complemented by hints of spice, vanilla, and a well-integrated oak presence. The texture is luxurious and full-bodied, with tannins that are robust yet silky, providing a structure that is both commanding and graceful. The finish is long and indulgent, leaving a lasting impression of sophistication and depth.
94+ pts Greg Sherwood MW Dec 2021
A 4.5 hectare vineyard from Stark Conde named after where the grapes are grown, the 2018 Three Pines combines Cabernet Sauvignon with 10% Petit Verdot and Malbec to reveal plenty of dark saline black berry fruits, tart black plum, blueberry and complex maritime kelp hints with subtle liquorice notes. The palate is sleek, glassy and super polished with very precise tight knit tannins, a firm structured acid frame and embracing saline black cherry and black berry fruits that lend a lot of mouth-watering pleasure already but leave you in no doubt that this is certainly a wine that will age and improve gracefully for at least 10 to 12+ years or more. Simply a delight to drink.
4 ½ Stars 2021 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
From 29 year old vines, with seamless addition of petit verdot, cab franc & malbec, 18 (94 pts) is sleek & supple, with floral & leafy hints enlivening, rich, ripe black cherry fruit. 20 months 50% new French oak seamlessly absorbed.