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Stark-Conde Three Pines Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 1.5L


About this Wine

This is one of South Africa’s most awarded Cabernets. A five-time Platter 5-star wine, 3-time winner of the Old Mutual Cabernet Trophy in South Africa and a 2-time trophy winner at the prestigious Six-Nations competition in Australia.

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. With this wine we are always looking for a fine balance between Power and Elegance. When young, this wine shows the violet/ cassis/black cherry notes typical of this vineyard, coupled with the fine elegant tannins for which the Jonkershoek Valley is known.

This wine is based on our “Block 5” of Cabernet Sauvignon, the oldest block on the farm. It has a very finely textured decomposed granite soil with a fairly high percentage of clay. This wine is characterised by its fine tannins structure and its unique floral note. The wine was bottled without fining and without filtration after 20 months in barrel. This vineyard is organic-in-conversion.

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Scores & Reviews

96 pts Gold Medal 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards
Lots of youthful vibrancy and purity here with fresh bay, spearmint, and tea leaf herbal interest over wild forest berries, creme de cassis, black cherries and plums. The palate shows a seductive quality, good tension, with fine tannins and a deliciously savoury undertone.

5 Stars 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Regal wine made from the oldest block, 30 years old in 19 ***** (95 pts), showing its hallmark elegance & poise. Exceptional expression of dark fruit underpinned by suave tannins & perfectly judged oak, 50% new, 20 months (as Cab sibling). Lifted by dabs petit verdot & malbec, 18 (94 pts) had cab franc too.

95 pts Tim Atkin MW 2021
This is a barrel selection from the 4.5-hectare Three Pines vineyard and is a focused, crafted expression of a special site. Combining Cabernet Sauvignon with 10% Petit Verdot and Malbec, it’s floral, perfumed and refined, with mint and fresh herb notes, juicy blackcurrant fruit, sculpted tannins and some mocha oak. 2023-32