Starke Conde
Cabernet Sauvignon
2019

R2,226.00

R371.00 per bottle
W.O Stellenbosch

92 in stock

Blackberry fruit aromas with tea-leaf and cedar notes. The palate is rich and polished with dark fruit and mocha flavours and a finely balanced acidity. Long finish with the fine tannins typical of a Jonkershoek Valley wine.

Additional information

Weight 1.25 kg
Dimensions 7 × 7 × 26 cm
Brand

Stark-Conde Wines, Red Wine

Tasting Notes

Blackberry fruit aromas with tea-leaf and cedar notes. The palate is rich and polished with dark fruit and mocha flavours and a finely balanced acidity. Long finish with the fine tannins typical of a Jonkershoek Valley wine.

Since this wine is from several different blocks, the soil textures vary, but the soil type is the decomposed granite iron-rich red soils typical of Stellenbosch mountain vineyards.

Winemakers comments

2018 was the fourth consecutive year of a serious drought in the Cape Winelands. Yet, we didn’t have any drastic heat spikes during the harvest period and the vines showed little stress despite the severe dry conditions. The overall fruit quality was excellent, with very small berries producing great concentration of flavours.

Vinification and Oaking

The grapes for this wone are from 4 different Cabernet vineyards and our best Malbec, cabernet Franc and Petit Verdit vineyards, all at a range of different elevations. Although all are on the decomposed granite soil typical of the hillsides in Jonkershoek, the soil textures vary quite a lot and that, together with the differences in elevations and clones, gives a variety of different flavour profiles to the grapes.  The Cabernet Franc grapes were picked in late February, the Malbec early March, and the Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Petit Sirah grapes were harvested in mid- March. After being cold-soaked for a couple of days the juice underwent fermentation with a natural yeast for about 10 days on the skins. The fermentation were hand punched-down every 4 hours for the first half of fermentation and every 6-8 hours until dry. At dryness, the wine was pressed and racked to barrel for malo-lactic fermentation and barrel maturation. Only 300 litres French oak was used, of which about 30% were new. Bottles with no fining and without filtration after 20 months barrel maturation.

Previous Vintages

2015: Six-nations Trophy for Blended WhIte

2017: Platter 5-star

2018: Decanter Gold, 95 pts.

2019: 91 pts, Tim Atkin SA Report 2020

Technical Analysis

Varietal: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec, 2% Petit Sirah, 1% Cabernet Franc

Clone: CS46C, CS163C, CS27A, 10C, 1C

Rootstock: Richter 110,99

Fruit source: our own Oude Nektar farm in Jonekershoek

Yield: 6.5 tons/hectare

B at harvest: 24.0-25.0

Alcohol: 14.0%

Total Acid: 6.0

Residual Sugar: 2.0

Total extract: 30.6 g/L

Age of vines: Cabernet 17-29 years at harvest; Petit Verdot 15 years ; Malbec 12 years; Petit Sirah 12 years; Cabernet Franc 18 years

Trellis: 5 wire vsp

Irrigation: supplemental drip irrigation

Vineyard elevation: 200-310m

Slope: South East and North West

Total production: 59,965 bottles

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