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Kanonkop Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Simonsberg-Stellenbosch 2016
Red Wine from South Africa
Possibly best known for its pinotage, Kanonkop maintains a stellar reputation for its Bordeaux grapes too. South Africa's Platter’s Guide gave this wine five coveted stars last year, describing its ‘aristocratically austere edge to its cassis and cigarbox notes and full-flavoured generosity.’
Price: £29.00 Bottle
Price: £174.00 Case of 6
- Red Wine
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Now to 2030
- 14% Alcohol
- oak used but not v. noticeable
- Cork, natural
Kanonkop, in Stellenbosch, is a leading South African estate with a whole raft of awards to its name. Kanonkop means ‘Cannon Hill’ and originates from the days when cannons were fired to signal the arrival of Dutch trade ships into Cape Town harbour.
This estate is probably the most famous producer of pinotage internationally and was one of the first ever estates to even grow the grape. Incumbent winemaker, Abrie Beeslaar won the esteemed title of IWSC International Winemaker of the Year award in 2008, having taken over from legendary predecessor and so-called ‘king of pinotage’, Beyers Truter.
Kanonkop is renowned for its red varietals, and chooses to specialise in only a few wines. Apart from its famous pinotage, the other grapes grown here are cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc which go into its very approachable Cape Blend, and the best into its iconic cabernets and Paul Sauer bottlings. These tend to be big, robust wines which go superbly well with red meat and spicy dishes.