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2004 Stark Conde Wines Stark Syrah Stellenbosch
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87(+?)? Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2007

($26) Bright ruby-red. Clenched nose hints at crushed black fruits and licorice. Primary but undifferentiated flavors of black fruits, licorice and menthol. A bit brutal today and not yet generous or particularly complex. Is this merely youthfully stunted?

87 Points | Wine Spectator

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About South Africa

South Africa has produced wines in the area of Cape Town since the 17th century, but the country's significant place in the U.S. market is far more recent. During the era of apartheid, trade sanctions imposed on imports from South Africa kept these wines out of the U.S. and many other markets, with the effect that local South African winemakers had little incentive to produce wines that could compete in a global setting...
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Syrah

While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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