2011 Stark Conde Three Pines Syrah
Jonkershoek, South Africa

91 WS; Five Stars John Platter

2011 Stark Conde Three Pines Syrah


as part of a mixed case.

12+ bottles available.

Winemaker's Notes
"From a tiny, 350m above sea-level vineyard. An elegant, refined style with exotic spice and aniseed aromas, followed by a mouthful of crushed violets on the palette. Opens up beautifully - proper cellaring should be rewarded."

Technical Notes
"This is a single-vineyard wine from our highest elevation syrah vineyard, a small block contiguous to our single-vineyard Cabernet. The grapes for this wine were hand-harvested in late-February. After being cooled overnight to 12 degrees C., they were carefully hand-sorted and crushed into small open fermentation vats and allowed to cold-soak for several days. A small portion was left whole bunch and also uncrushed. About 50% of the blend was natural fermentation and the balance was split between a domestic yeast and an imported Rhone yeast. Regular, vigorous punchdowns were given every 4 hours for the first half of fermentation, then every 6-8 hours thereafter. At dryness (average 7-8 days), the wine was basket pressed and racked directly to barrel for malo-lactic fermentation and subsequent barrel maturation. A mix of coopers was used, all French oak, all 300 litre, mostly second-fill (about 30% new). The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered after 22 months barrel maturation."
John Platter
"Five Stars ... From elevated home-vineyard noted for elegance. Alluring 11 (*****), ethereal spices, & layers of bramble fruit in a svelte body. Complex vinification, cold soak, portion whole-berry ferment, combo wild & commercial yeasts (local & Rhone), 40% new oak 2 years. Builds on success of fine 10."

Wine Spectator
"91 pts ... Solid with baker's chocolate and espresso notes weaving around a core of crushed plum, macerated black currant and bramble flavors. Shows solid, integrated grip on the finish and a lingering loamy edge. Drink now through 2016."