Kanonkop is renowned for its red wines, with Pinotage making up 50% of all plantings, Cabernet Sauvignon 35%, Merlot 7.5% and Cabernet franc the rest.
Our Pinotage vines have been retained as bush vines to provide optimum sunlight, which allows for maximum ripeness. These vines were some of the first commercially planted Pinotage to be established in the Cape and most are over 50 years old.
Hardly any irrigation is needed due to our ideal soil type and location.
Optimum ripeness plays a major role in producing good red wine and on the estate a careful check is done to ensure that the grapes are picked at perfection.
Winemaking at Kanonkop
Winemaking at Kanonkop follows the age-old tradition of being made in open concrete fermenters, but with a slight difference, the tanks are wide and shallow, rather high and deep. This ensures maximum skin contact. Only French Nevers barrels are used for breeding, with the exception of a few experimental barrels each year.
All cellaring, bottling and labelling is done on Kanonkop.