Stark-Conde, Cabernet sauvignon 2004, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
A Bordeaux-type blend of 86% cabernet sauvignon, 6% merlot, 6% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot, natural cork closure, 14.5% abv. SA Wines Online, about £15.
Soils – decomposed granitic.
Vinification – open-topped fermentation vats; MLF; maturation in 35% new French oak; assemblage of the blend, then back in barrels for 4 months integration; bottled unfined and unfiltered.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas of ripe black fruit – currant, berry and cherry; vanilla and sweet smelling smoke.
Palate – a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, smooth well integrated medium (+) tannins, high alcohol with a full body, and with a medium intensity (+), with flavours of tea, black cherry, black berry, vanilla and oak, with savoury note, with a long length, and residual tannic grip.
Quality – a very good quality wine, with lots of extract and concentration of a developing range of flavours; the moderate tannins are in balance with the intensity of flavours and level of alcohol. This wine should continue to improve for perhaps another 5 – 8 years.