Kanonkop Paul Sauer Red Blend 2019  Front Label
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Kanonkop Paul Sauer Red Blend 2019

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750ML / 12.02% ABV
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750ML / 12.02% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The saturated ruby color is complemented by a dense and interwoven complexity of tilled earth, nutmeg, bouquet garni, with classic cedar and red and black fruits. The wine remains classic, refined, with an elegant structure. The tannins are precise, and together with the clever use of new oak, creates the perfect backdrop to host the complex fruit spectrum. A long, and youthful finish.

Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot

Critical Acclaim

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2019 Paul Sauer offers up aromas of oaky pencil lead, turned earth and dark red and black fruit essences on the nose before layers of oak spices and blackberry flowers appear. Medium-bodied, the wine is still youthful with a juicy and tannic edge, as succulent acidity and a pop of bright red fruit flavors beam across the mid-palate. There is a firm tannic edge on the finish that needs some time in the bottle to find its stride. Give it two more years, and drink over the next two decades.
Rating: 93+
V 93
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The 2019 Paul Sauer is Kanonkop's flagship Bordeaux blend with slightly less Merlot than recent years, aged for 24 months entirely in new oak. It has a very focused, strict bouquet that gradually opens with aeration, a mélange of red and black fruit, undergrowth and cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, fine acidity and good grip. More red fruit towards the finish, this is not as powerful as other vintages, but there is an approachability and elegance here that will appeal to a wide appreciative audience.
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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, 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 Chateau 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. Kanonkop Wine Estate was also named the "Most Admired Wine Brand in South Africa" and listed at #32 on the “Most Admired Wine Brands in the World" by #DrinksInternational in 2020.

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South Africa’s most famous wine-producing district, Stellenbosch, surrounds the historic town with the same name; fine winemaking here dates back to the late 1600s. Its valleys of granite, sandstone and alluvial loam soils between the towering blue-grey mountains of Stellenbosch, Simonsberg and Helderberg have the capacity to produce beautiful wines from many varieties. The climate is warm Mediterranean, tempered by the cool Atlantic air of nearby False Bay.

Perhaps most well-known for its Pinotage and Bordeaux blends, Stellenbosch also produces noteworthy wines from Syrah, Chenin blanc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. The district’s wards—Banghoek, Bottelary, Devon Valley, Jonkershoek Valley, Papegaaiberg, Polkadraai Hills and Simonsberg-Stellenbosch—all produce distinctive wines from vines with relatively low yields.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

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