Stark-Conde Three Pines Syrah 2019

Tasting Notes

Winery: Stark-Conde
Varietal: Shiraz
SKU: STATHRSYR2019 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Stark Conde Three Pines Syrah 2019



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 fermentation, basket pressed, like most of the 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

92 pts Wine Advocate July 2022

Beginning with a dark ruby core and soft magenta rim, 2019 Three Pines Syrah offers a dark-berried and floral aromatic array with firm yet juicy essences of black plums and spiced cherries with crushed black and red peppercorns. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is bright and food-friendly on the palate, with energetic acidity and fine-grained tannins that continue to uncoil and unwind before leading to a focused, brilliant finish. Bravo. This beauty has me daydreaming of lamb chops and grilled game meats.

Winemaker Notes

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. 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’’.

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 retention.

Of all the wines that we produce on the estate, this single-vineyard Syrah is our smallest production. It is made from an older block of Syrah which measures just 22 rows of vines. One critic described the wine as “having the texture of crushed violets” and it exerts a fine balance between power and elegance.

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