Vintage 2013 has come and gone with no serious hiccups. Generally evening temperatures during harvesting were cooler than the past 15 years, however we have had a few warmer days. Late varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc seems big and broad, whilst the Pinotage wines show more fruit and elegance. A new mechanical sorting machine, which was installed for the 2013 crop, will also enhance overall quality. A total of 1200 tons were manually pressed every 2 hours. These “punch downs” may have led to many a cellar worker shedding a considerable amount of kilograms!
To further enhance quality and productivity, various processes from the vineyard to the cellar are being mechanised. A new bottling and labelling plant will be installed by year end; all of this will be done with one view in mind – to optimize quality.
Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2013
Our 2008 and 2011 vintages of this our Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage were recently tasted by Tim Atkin, British Wine Master of Wine, award winning wine journalist and judge to name a few. He scored the wines 95 and 97 respectively!
Approximately 1500 bottles of this wine will again be released in November 2013. To put further debate in the cork vs. screw-cap issue we have, at great cost, obtained a batch of corks guaranteed not to give TCA odours to the wine. If it does, the cork supplier (the leading cork producer from Portugal) has guaranteed an immediate replacement (or money back), regardless if the wine is in Tokyo, New York or Nkandla. More on this topic upon release of the wine.