Kanu Kia-Ora Noble Late Harvest (375ML half-bottle) 2005

Dessert from South Africa

Item No. 103397
  • WS90
  • ST90
Alcohol By Volume: 10.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
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%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1999
  • WS90
  • ST89

Winemaker's Notes

The grapes were lightly crushed and the juice allowed to settle overnight at 12° C. The following day the grapes were pressed and settled on the lees for 2 days at 4° C. The juice was then decanted into mainly new 225 litre French barriques to undergo fermentation. The wine matured for 19 months before a very light fining, filtration and bottling.

Wood ageing: 19 months in 82% new and 18% in 2nd fill French oak barriques.

Although drinking superbly now, it will continue to develop further in the bottle over the next 5 to 10 years.

95% Chenin Blanc 5% Sauvignon Blanc

Deep yellow-gold color. A bouquet of apricots, pineapple, pear, honey and almonds. The sunshine flavours unfold delightfully on the palate with a full, rich mouth-feel.

Critical Acclaim

"Rich and showy, with lots of orange marmalade, dried apricot and peach, spice and maple notes. Juicy and unctuous through the sweet but fresh finish. Very tasty. Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. "
90 Points

"Deep gold color. Liqueur-like aromas of dried apricot, honey and damp earth. Almost shockingly bright on the palate, with lively acids framing the intense flavors of orange peel, pineapple, beeswax and honey. The balance of 9.9 grams of acidity and 175 g/l r.s. is exhilarating. This rich and deep botrytis wine boasts excellent structure and cut, not to mention length, but I'd wait a year for the finish to mellow. "
90 Points

Learn About Kanu Map ItMap It

The vineyards and cellar of Kanu wines are located on the Goedgeloof (HOOT-ha-loof) farm, nestled in the Polkadraai Hills of Stellenbosch. The property once formed a part of the original Spier Wine Estate, granted to a German soldier by Cape governor Simon van der Stel in 1692. According to a veteran farm hand on Goedgeloof, Kanu was a mythical bird of promise. The creature"s...

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Learn About South Africa

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 Other Dessert

Other Dessert Beyond Port and Sherry, here are a few of our favorites: Sauternes - the golden wine of the Sauternes region in Bordeaux, these wines are made with botrytis-affected Semillon grapes and produce a rich, honeyed concoction with an amazing balance of sweetness and acidity. Don"t discount Sauternes' neighbor, Barsac, or even the region across the river,...

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