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Kanonkop Pinotage 2016

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Deep intense ruby plum color with a purple hue. A bold intensity of red plum, red berries and a concentration of dark chocolate, vanilla, and aromatic sweet spice. Good complexity with layered flavors that will continue to develop and integrate for years to come.

Pair with red meat or spicy Asian style dishes when young. Better with lamb or mutton when matured.

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TA 94
Tim Atkin

Just a notch below the Black Label in quality (if not, of course, in price), this textbook Stellenbosch Pinotage is a brilliant expression of the variety: aromatic, structured and plush, showing violet and bramble flavours, scented new wood and considerable underlying freshness. 2020-28. Alcohol: 14.7%

WW 90
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: I sometimes have to fight myself when I evaluate Pinotage. This grape variety—a hybrid between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, and a South African specialty grape variety—stands alone in its distinctive flavor profile. The 2016 Kanonkop Pinotage is an excellent example of what can be made with this grape. TASTING NOTES: This red wine is firmly built. Its aromas and flavors of black fruit, tar, and licorice should make an excellent pairing partner with grilled beef accented with red onions and sliced jalapeños without their seeds. (Tasted: November 12, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The nose of the 2016 Pinotage Stellenbosch has an open-knit expression with dark spicy fruits, floral tones and soft subtle oak aromas of cinnamon and vanilla. The full-bodied palate is clean and rich with a full expression of ripe blackberries and drinks like a robust Cabernet Sauvignon. The oak is evident on the palate but hasn't been overdone, integrating seamlessly into the expression. The rich blackberries and plum tones glide over the mid-palate and it finishes long and a touch spicy, with balance and precision. Rating: 90+

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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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With an important wine renaissance in full swing, impressive red and white bargains abound in South Africa. The country has a particularly long and rich history with winemaking, especially considering its status as part of the “New World.” In the mid-17th century, the lusciously sweet dessert wines of Constantia were highly prized by the European aristocracy. Since then, the South African wine industry has experienced some setbacks due to the phylloxera infestation of the late 1800s and political difficulties throughout the following century.

Today, however, South Africa is increasingly responsible for high-demand, high-quality wines—a blessing to put the country back on the international wine map. Wine production is mainly situated around Cape Town, where the climate is generally warm to hot. But the Benguela Current from Antarctica provides brisk ocean breezes necessary for steady ripening of grapes. Similarly, cooler, high-elevation vineyard sites throughout South Africa offer similar, favorable growing conditions.

South Africa’s wine zones are divided into region, then smaller districts and finally wards, but the country’s wine styles are differentiated more by grape variety than by region. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the country’s “signature” grape, responsible for red-fruit-driven, spicy, earthy reds. When Pinotage is blended with other red varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Pinot Noir (all commonly vinified alone as well), it is often labeled as a “Cape Blend.” Chenin Blanc (locally known as “Steen”) dominates white wine production, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc following close behind.

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