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Date Printed: 12/18/2014
Kanonkop Pinotage 2007
Kanonkop Pinotage 2007
(search item no. 101119)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $33.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Crafted from the fruit of some of South Africa's oldest Pinotage vines, this benchmark bottling is a true Cape classic! Alluringly complex and distinctive, it boasts juicy layers of dark berries, cassis and plum intertwined with hints of bacon and mocha and a smoky, minerally undercurrent.
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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.