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Stark-Conde Three Pines Syrah 2019 1.5L


About this Wine

On our Three Pines Syrah we always focus on the texture – the “mouthfeel” – and the fine balance between power and elegance. It is not an “in your face” style: it shows pretty .floral notes with slight pepperiness and the palate is smooth and polished with a long elegant finish – what one critic described as “having the texture of crushed violets’’

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.

This wine is based on our “Block 6” of Syrah, our oldest Syrah vineyard. The vineyard block is contiguous with our Block 5 Cabernet Sauvignon, it is from the same bench of soil — a very finely textured decomposed granite with a fairly high proportion of clay that contributes to good water rentention.

Scores & Reviews

4 ½ Stars 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Always impressive, 19 (94 pts) brooding & plush mulberry & dark plum, a violet perfume & lingering black pepper finish. Well-structured & -wooded, 20 months, 15% new. Hand harvested, wild fermented, basket pressed, like most of reds.

93 pts Tim Atkin MW 2021
Bigger, bolder and more compact than the straight Stark-Condé Syrah, this comes from a single block planted in 1991 at 360 metres. Fermented with 20% whole bunches, it’s meaty, tangy and appealingly reductive with some ginger spice and violet top notes and grippy, focused red and black cherry fruit. 2023-29