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A very complex wine with hints of red fruit flavours which reflects some Pinot Noir style elegance and structure. Big, bold tannin structures which are down played by ripe tannins and elegance.
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100 % Pinotage
Long, cold and wet winter with a slow steady ripening period. Warm days during harvesting.
58 years old bush vines.
None dry land
Decomposed granite and Hutton soils.
Fermentation took place in open concrete fermenters. Cap was punched manually every 2 hours and was the juice drawn off the skins after 3.5 days.
Red meat or spicy Asian style dishes.
Kanonkop – April 3, 2017
The 2015 vintage of Black Label Pinotage from Kanonkop is the best yet. From a vineyard planted in 1953, it is a wine that astonishes in terms of both stature and detail.
On the nose, black cherry, plum and banana (the latter a mere nuance) plus vanilla and spice while a floral note insures the whole thing doesn’t become too macho.
The palate meanwhile possesses excellent concentration, bright acidity and tannins which are smooth in the best sense. Sweet upfront but savoury on the finish. Plenty of oak in evidence but this doesn’t sit apart and you feel that it is necessary to temper all that fruit. It’s full but beautifully balanced and should provide drinking pleasure for decades.
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Kanonkop Estate has been described by those in the know as being the South African equivalent of a Premier Cru or First Growth.
International awards accumulated over more than a decade have gone a long way to substantiate these claims.
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PO Box 19 Elsenburg 7607 South Africa
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