***The 2015 was the First South African Wine to be given 100 points by MW Tim Atkin***
*** 15th Nov 2017 - Paul Sauer 2013 Vintage wins Outstanding medal at the IWSC Awards in London ***
*** 15th Nov 2017 - Awarded International Winemaker of the year award again!***
***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: 2017 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.
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
96 points – Tim Atkin MW Special South Africa Report 2019 “How do you follow a 100-point red? It’s not easy when the vintage was 2016, which didn’t have the class of 2015. But by any standards, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% each of Merlot and Cabernet Franc is still one hell of a wine, even in a difficult year. Grippy, focused and slightly leaner than the 2015, but with savoury tannins and plenty of youthful fruit concentration. 2022-36”