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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 110717)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes for this wine are from 4 different cabernet vineyards and our best merlot and cabernet franc vineyards, all at a mix of different elevations. Although all are on the decomposed granite soils 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.

This is the first year that we included Petit Verdot in the blend. 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