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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 122281)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $42.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This elegant Bordeaux-inspired gem is South Africa's equivalent of a "First Growth." Rich and full-bodied, this stunning Cabernet flaunts intense flavors of dark berry, morello cherry and spice accented by smoky, gamy notes and hints of tobacco.
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About Kanonkop:

With a reputation for producing some of the Cape’s finest red wines, the heralded Kanonkop Estate is often referred to as a South African "First Growth." The fourth generation family farm, presently run by brothers Johann and Paul Krige, has been owned and operated by the Sauer-Krige family since the early 1930s. The name Kanonkop is derived from a "kopje" (small hill) on the property, from which a cannon was fired in the 17th century to announce the arrival of the Dutch East India Company’s trading ships at Table Bay.

Kanonkop boasts some of the Cape’s first commercially planted Pinotage vines, with an average age of over 50 years. Respecting tradition while embracing the future, Kanonkop fuses age-old wine-making techniques with state-of-the art technology. All of the estate’s grapes are handpicked and sorted. The wines are vinified in open concrete fermenters, using manual punchdowns, and are subsequently aged in French Nevers oak barrels.

Kanonkop continues its long history of excellence under Abrie Beeslaar, winemaker at the estate since 2002. In addition to garnering regular 90+ ratings for his bottlings in such publications as Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast, Beeslaar was crowned the 2008 International Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London, where Kanonkop also received the Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande trophy for the best blended red wine with its Paul Sauer 2003 and the Dave Hughes Trophy for Best South African Producer. In addition, Kanonkop was named "Winery of the Year" and its Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 earned "Wine of the Year" in the 2009 edition of John Platter’s South African Wine Guide – widely recognized as the most authoritative and comprehensive guide on the world of South African wine.