A picture tells a thousand words, but there are many more words still in a bottle of great wine. In the book Kanonkop: The Story of a South African Legend photography, words and great wine meet to tell the story of a wine estate recognised world-wide as being one of the Cape’s finest.
Founded in 1929 by the formidable government minister, wine-lover and bon vivant Paul Sauer, Kanonkop’s terroir on Stellenbosch’s Simonsberg resulted in the making of exceptional wines at a time when the local wine industry was still trying to establish a pedigree of estate wine production. In 1973 Kanonkop released its first bottled estate wine, its first step to the reputation of classic status and greatness the estate has today.
In Kanonkop: The Story of a South African Legend wine-writer Emile Joubert captures the elements that have led to this legend-status. These include the influence and vision of Paul Sauer, today shared by his grand-sons Johann and Paul Krige who own and manage the estate. Only having three winemakers since that first 1973 vintage, colourful profiles on Jan Boland Coetzee, Beyers Truter and current cellarmaster Abrie Beeslaar provide insights on the craftsmen behind the wines.
The extraordinary soils, climate and aspect of Kanonkop are depicted through the voices of those working the vineyards, and each of Kanonkop’s classic wines are discussed in detail.
Sumptuously illustrated with modern and historical archival photographs, this is a book for wine-lovers, travellers who enjoy learning of new places and simply anyone interested in discovering the heart of one of the world’s truly special places where people, nature and wine live in harmony.
The book is available from our cellardoor at R495 – please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.