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Vinous Reviews 2019 - Neal Martin

Vinous Reviews 2019 – Neal Martin

Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage Rose 2019 – 86 points

The 2019 Kadette Pinotage Rose was crushed and immediately pressed. Pale salmon in color, it has a slightly yeasty bouquet at first, eventually giving way to wet pavement/petrichor scents with a touch of crushed strawberry. The fresh, focused palate is well balanced with crisp acidity and a lightly spiced finish.

Kanonkop Kadette 2017 – 87 points

The 2017 Kadette Cape Blend comprises 37% Pinotage, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, matured for 12 to 14 months in French Nevers oak barrels. The bright, animated bouquet of black plums and crushed violets demonstrates commendable purity for an entry-level wine. The palate is sweet on the entry, offering black plum, white pepper, clove and touches of sour cherry and finishing with good definition. Fine.

 Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage 2017 – 89 points

The 2017 Kadette Pinotage has a vivid nose of raspberry coulis and crushed strawberry on the nose, plus a touch of briar in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins that frame blueberry and raspberry fruit laced with iodine. It takes its foot off the accelerator on the finish to complete a delicious Pinotage.

Kanonkop Pinotage 2017 – 91 points     

The 2017 Pinotage has a lovely nose of baked black cherries, black currants, Indian ink and hints of orange blossom, all pure and refined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, well-pitched acidity and an elegant finish that Pinotage skeptics ought to taste in order to change their minds. This is how to do commercial/quality Pinotage.

Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – 92 points             

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has a perfumed bouquet of black currant, blueberry and touches of cedar/pine cones; the oak is nicely integrated here. The medium-bodied palate features sappy red fruit and an undercurrent of salinity that imparts a subtle marine influence toward the composed finish. Classy.

Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2016 – 96 points

The 2016 Paul Sauer is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc matured for 24 months in 100% new oak. It has a supremely well defined bouquet of pure blackberry, boysenberry and violet aromas, the oak seamlessly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, perfectly pitched acidity and a caressing texture. This was actually tasted after a fantastic 1994 Paul Sauer was opened the previous night; who is to say that it will not age as well over the next quarter-century? Not only is this a superb wine, but it surely represents one of the best quality-to-price ratios in the world.

Kanonkop Pinotage Black Label 2017 – 96 points

The 2017 Black Label Pinotage is the estate’s premium label, this vintage matured for 16 months in 100% new oak. It has a marvelous bouquet of beautifully defined blackberry and raspberry fruit, touches of mint and fennel emerging with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, fine acidity, a smooth texture and a fresh, tensile finish. This cool, calm and collected Pinotage should age with panache. Stunning.