Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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.
"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon was matured in 50% new oak for 24 months. It has a well-defined, slightly leafy bouquet with touches of dark chocolate. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe blackberry and boysenberry fruit with a fine citric thread and a rather reserved but appealing finish."
The Wine Advocate
"Capturing the schent of desert scrub, of the fynbos in the hills of the Cape, this is a savory cabernet with an emphasis on herbal complexity. What sweetness there is comes from the oak, while the fruit itself is tight, with a pleasant sage-like bitterness. This should be fascinating to watch as it evolves in the cellar."
Wine & Spirits
Learn About Kanonkop Map It
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,...
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Learn About South Africa
A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on
the quality aspect.
At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the
biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...
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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon
(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...
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