***27TH NOV - 2015 - Awarded The International Winemaker of the year at IWSC Awards***
*** 92 Points Wine Spectator ***
*** IWSC: Gold Outstanding: Perold Trophy for Best Pinotage: Kanonkop Pinotage 2012 ***
Country: South Africa Region: Simonsberg, Stellenbosch
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot Bordeaux Blend
Vintage: 2012 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Kanonkop Estate is situated on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in the Stellenbosch Region of the Cape and confidently boasts with some of South Africa’s most premium wines.
Kanonkop is a fourth generation family estate, which was originally purchased by JW Sauer, a cabinet member in the parliament of the Union of South Africa. This estate has since then been handed down from father to son for over 40 years and is now in the talented, capable hands of its current owners Paul & Johann Krige.
The name Kanonkop was derived from a kopje (hillock), from which a cannon was fired in the 17th Century to alert farmers in outlying areas that sailing ships plying the waters between Europe and the Far East had entered Table Bay for a stopover at Cape Town.
Ageing Potential:3-5 Years
A Cape classic since 1981.A traditional blend of approximately 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Merlot, it is matured in new 225 litre French Nevers barrels for 22-26 months. It is often described as more elegant than the straight Cabernet Sauvignon from Kanonkop. Full bodied deep ruby colour. Cassis, black currant and berry flavours. An elegant classic and complex wine that should improve over the next 10 – 15 years. Best served with meat dishes.
Food Matches: Red Meat / Blue Cheese / Goat Cheese / Venison