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Date Printed: 4/20/2014
Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 99972)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc

Fruit source: from 4 different vineyard blocks, mostly from our own Oude Nektar farm, but supplemented with fruit from a small vineyard in the Bottelary ward and another in the Helderberg.

The grapes for this wine are from 4 different cabernet vineyards and 2 merlot vineyards, all at different elevations. Bottled unfined and unfiltered after 22 months barrel maturation.

My Notes:

About Stark-Conde:

I never went to school to study winemaking but rather did my time reading books and experimenting along the way. I'm pretty stubborn, which turns out to be a good thing.

Crafting wine requires patience and the crazy belief that the shortest line drawn between two points may not always be the right one. Take a simple task like fruit-sorting. That's when we meticulously go through all the de-stemmed berries to pick out any under-ripe or bird-damaged fruit, leaves, stems and other MOG (Matter Other than Grapes). During harvest. there comes a point when everyone's exhausted and baskets of grapes keep coming. It's even debatable how much difference sorting will make in the end. That's when the stubborn kicks in.

Sometimes I wonder if I'm the only one having so much fun. We stick to traditional winemaking methods; we ferment our juice in open tanks, do hand-punchdowns around the clock, basket press, and mature the wines in small French oak barrels. The name Stark-Condé is a simple marriage of my wife's family name and my own.
- José Conde, winemaker