Starke Conde
Oude Nektar
2018

R5,700.00

R950.00 per bottle
W.O Stellenbosch

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The Cabernet has a very intense cassis aroma with unique citrus-rind notes. It has a firmer tannin structure than many of our wines, but still with the elegance for which Jonkershoek Valley wines are known.

Additional information

Weight 1.25 kg
Dimensions 7 × 7 × 26 cm

Winemakers comments

This is the fourth vintage of this wine after re-planting the vineyard. Our idea has always been to make what is basically a single-vine-yard Cabernet Sauvignon from this unique vineyard- although it is not a true single- vineyard in that we have blended in barrel selections of the best of our other vineyards. The Cabernet has a very intense cassis aroma with unique citrus-rind notes. It has a firmer tannin structure than many of our wines, but still with the elegance for which Jonkershoek Valley wines are known.

 

Oude Nektar is the historical name for our farm. This wine is based around the highest elevation vine-yard on the farm- at about 550 meters arguably one of Stellenbosch’s highest Cabernet vineyards. Originally planted in 2003, it burned down I 2009 and was re-planted. It is an ideal combination of soil and site. It has a very stoney decomposed granite soil with a clay subsoil and it has an almost perfect aspect towards the afternoon sun. this aspect and elevation means that the vineyard receives almost 45 minutes more direct sunlight than Stellenbosch average.

Vinification and Oaking

All of the grapes were hand-picked in mid-March. This was our last vineyard to pick. The grapes were cooled overnight and then de-stemmed and carefully sorted. Fermentation was in small-lot open tanks. The wine was cold-soaked for two days before fermentation began. 100% natural yeast fermentation. We did punchdowns 4-6 times a day during the vigorous part of the fermentation and then 2 times towards the end. After about 10 days on the skins, the wine was pressed and racked to barrel for malo-lactic fermentation. The wine spent 20 months in barrel, all small French oak,70%new. Bottled with no fining and no filtration.

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: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec.

Clones: 169,23

Rootstock: 101-14

Fruit source: our Oude NeKtar farm in Jonkershoek Valley

Yield: 4.5 tons/hectare

Alcohol: 14.0%

Total Acid: 6.7

Residual sugar: 1.9

Total extract: 32.3g /L

Trellis: 5-wire vsp

Irrigation: supplemental drip irrigation

Vineyard elevation: 540-600m

Slope: South Westerly

Total production: 4617 bottles

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