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Pinotage, Kanonkop

Kanonkop's Pinotage comes from 63-year-old unirrigated bush vines grown on the estate.

Intense purple hues. The nose is beautifully aromatic with scented aromas of redcurrants, macerated cherries and cinnamon spice. The palate displays a silky tannin structure, backed by a fine seam of acidity. Subtle vanilla undertones from the integrated oak profile are juxtaposed against a fruit explosion of wild bramble, plums and blackberries. An elegant wine with lingering flavours of juicy, dark plums on the finish, and a lifting underlying freshness.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.8 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.2 g/L

pH

3.73

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Abrie Beeslaar

VARIETY

Pinotage

TIME IN OAK

16 months

SULPHUR

Total: 132 Free: 50

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

A dry summer with warm days and consistently cool nights to ensure good ripening.

Vinification details

Fermentation took place in open concrete fermenters at 28°C. The cap was punched down manually every 2 hours and the juice was drawn off the skins after 3 days. The wine was matured for 16 months in 225L French Nevers oak barrels – 80% new and 20% 2nd-fill.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 94 pts
Vinous: 93 pts
Wine Advocate: 90 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, well-pitched acidity and an elegant finish that Pinotage sceptics ought to taste in order to change their minds.

Vinous

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Pinotage, Kanonkop

Kanonkop's Pinotage comes from 63-year-old unirrigated bush vines grown on the estate.

Bright ruby-red hues. A textbook Stellenbosch Pinotage with aromatic and spicy aromas of mulberry, raspberry and cinnamon. Muscular, well-integrated tannins add great structure. Flavours of bramble, violets, plums and black berries are balanced by scented new oak. An elegant wine with savoury notes on the lengthy finish, and a lifting underlying freshness.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.3 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.0 g/L

pH

3.52

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Abrie Beeslaar

VARIETY

Pinotage

TIME IN OAK

16 months

SULPHUR

Total: 99 Free: 49

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

A very dry and hot growing season which resulted in lower yields.

Vinification details

Fermentation took place in open concrete fermenters at 28°C. The cap was punched down manually every 2 hours and the juice was drawn off the skins after 3 days. The wine was matured for 16 months in 225L French Nevers oak barrels – 80% new and 20% 2nd-fill.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 94 pts
Vinous: 91 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Really well done.

JamesSuckling.com

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Pinotage, Kanonkop

Kanonkop's Pinotage comes from 63-year-old unirrigated bush vines grown on the estate.

Deep intense plum colour with a purple hue. A bold intensity of black plum, red and black berries and a concentration of vanilla and aromatic sweet spice. This vintage offers a good complexity with layered flavours that is balanced and accessible, but will continue to develop and integrate for years to come.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.6 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.7 g/L

pH

3.58

ACIDITY

5.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Abrie Beeslaar

VARIETY

Pinotage

TIME IN OAK

18 months

SULPHUR

Total: 109 Free: 56

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

The cold weather arrived late, with below average rainfall resulting in low soil moisture and dam levels. The budburst period was very dry, placing a lot of strain on the vines and causing a reduction in the amount of berries per bunch and the resulting crop size. The weather was very warm and dry during the harvest period, with minimal wind damage and disease.

Vinification details

Fermentation took place in open concrete fermentors at 28°C. The cap was punched down manually every 2 hours and the juice drawn off the skins after 3 days. The wine was matured for 18 months in 75% new and 25% 2nd-fill 225L French barrels.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 94 pts
JamesSuckling.com: 93 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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You’d expect this wine to be good in a stellar vintage like 2015, and so it is.

Tim Atkin MW

Pinotage, Kanonkop

Kanonkop's Pinotage comes from 63-year-old unirrigated bush vines grown on the estate.

Deep intense plum colour with a purple hue. A bold intensity of black plum, red and black berries and a concentration of vanilla and aromatic sweet spice. This vintage offers a good complexity with layered flavours that is balanced and accessible, but will continue to develop and integrate for years to come.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.6 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.7 g/L

pH

3.58

ACIDITY

5.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Abrie Beeslaar

VARIETY

Pinotage

TIME IN OAK

18 months

SULPHUR

Total: 109 Free: 56

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

A warm dry winter with hot days during picking.

Vinification details

Fermentation took place in open concrete fermentors at 28°C. The cap was punched down manually every 2 hours and the juice drawn off the skins after 3 days. The wine was matured for 18 months in 75% new and 25% 2nd-fill 225L French barrels.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 94 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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