Kanonkop Kadette 2009
Red Blends 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 tasty Cape blend from South Africa's
premier Pinotage producer displays ripe,
juicy flavors of dark berry, coffee and
plum interlaced with pleasant herbal and
spice notes. A distinctive smoky, tarry
character makes this supple, full-bodied
red the ultimate grilling/tailgate wine.
"Good full red. Slightly candied aromas of cherry, berry and spices. Sweet but penetrating, with ripe acidity giving this blend a light touch for the vintage. Lovely juicy cherry/berry fruit offers plenty of immediate appeal, and the ripe tannins will not get in the way. Should make a perfect barbecue wine.
International Wine Cellar
"Also known as a Cape Blend, this mix of 46% Pinotage, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc is an easy-drinking, youthful wine with fresh but rich fruit flavors of red plum and cherry backed by rose hip and hibiscus floral accents. Structured tannins remain through the close, with a subtle smokiness unfolding on the end."
Created in 1925 by South Africa’s first professor of viticulture, the Pinotage grape is actually a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut. South Africa’s signature grape definitely has its fans and its detractors. I am not a huge Pinotage fan as a single varietal, but in a wine like this Kadette where it is blended with Bordeaux varietals, I think it provides a unique character and makes this an exciting wine. The Kadette has a smoky nose with green pepper, star anise and dried fig also present. Additionally, there is an aroma which was most closely identified as pine resin by Leah, a wine expert friend, at a recent tasting. Although it is only moderately tannic, the wine has a lot of bite and nice acidity on the finish. This is a good value wine and worth a shot if you’re looking for something a little different. Food Pairing Suggestions: I think this Kadette is much more of a food wine than a sipping wine, and the dish that I would favor the most for a nice pairing would be bell peppers stuffed with ground beef and rice with plenty of garlic and onions. A traditional meat loaf would also be a nice accompaniment. For something more involved, think about slow braising a rabbit with a cheaper Pinotage and then drinking this Kadette alongside the final product.
This wine is very tannic and can stand to be aged for a couple years or allowed to oxidize for awhile before drinking. Smokky start with nice coffee and berry tones.l
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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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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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Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...
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