Stark-Conde White Field Blend 2020 Stellenbosch


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South African patriarch Hans Schroder (b. 1938) was raised in Stellenbosch but spent much of his adult life abroad. In the 1960’s while attending university in Japan, Hans met and married fellow student Midori Maruyama. At the time, their marriage contravened the apartheid regime’s Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act so the young couple settled in Japan. They remained in Tokyo for the next 30 years where they raised three daughters—Marie, Lisa, and Miki. Fast forward to the late 1980’s — the end of apartheid was inching closer and Nelson Mandela’s release was imminent. Hans and Midori decided it was time to return to South Africa and be part of the positive change. They purchased the Oude Nektar farm in 1989 and focused on growing grapes. Cellar master and son in law Jose Conde’s started experimenting with Cabernet in the early 2000’s. With a Father in Law producing some of the best Cabernet grapes in the region, the recipe was perfect to produce some show stopping wines.

The grapes are grown in the Jonkershoek Valley, with its high elevation terrain, ample winter rainfalls, and the cleansing Southeaster breeze that blows through the valley, this area has perfect conditions for the production of premium grapes. The Stark-Condé vineyards are farmed organically and winemaking is kept as simple and natural as possible. With a limited production of just over 8000 cases, Stark-Condé remains committed to producing hand-crafted premium wines.

Today, the dedicated team at Stark-Condé includes vineyard manager Andrew Klink who has spearheaded the conversion to organics, and winemaker Rüdger van Wyk who creates fine wines using minimal intervention in the cellar.

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