Stark-Conde Three Pines Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Tasting Notes

Winery: Stark-Conde
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
SKU: STATHRCAB2018 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Stark-Conde Three Pines Cabernet 2018



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.

94 pts Decanter Aug 2022
If Rüdger Van Wyk and José Condé were making a red blend (including 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec) of this quality in California, they’d be charging three times the price, so fill your cellars and wine racks, folks! From a single-vineyard site at 360m on decomposed granite and clay, this wine is fresh, direct and focused, with no sign of the heat or drought of the vintage. Dense, layered yet very well balanced. 2023 – 2029

Winemaker Notes

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.

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