We got very lucky in 2014. We were waiting for just the right moment to pick some of our best Cabernet blocks and watching the weather obsessively. Late on a Friday afternoon the following week’s forecast changed with a small amount of rain predicted for that Monday and Tuesday. After a lot of hand-wringing and no small amount of arguing with staff, we decided to organize a picking team for the weekend rather than take a chance. We finished picking early on the Sunday afternoon, just as rains started. It turned out to be 3 days of heavy rain. The 2014s have shown well since early in their maturation: a soft, dark-fruited vintage that should have a lot of consumer appeal.
-Stark-Condé Wines is located in the picturesque Jonkershoek Valley in Stellenbosch. It is a dramatic valley with steep changes in vineyard elevation from 150 to 600 metres, making for a range of sites with distinct characteristics.