Kanonkop, CWG Pinotage 750ml 2017

South Africa, Stellenbosch
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A strict selection of the oldest Pinotage vines on Kanonkop, only 70 cases of the 2017 Cape Winemakers Guild Pinotage were produced. Much like the Black Label, it offers astonishing depth, purity and structure in 2017 – a dazzling vintage that will mature for 2 decades. In contrast, it’s slightly more austere in style with a lower alcohol and fine savouriness over emphatic fruit. At less than a tenth of the production, and offered at 16% less than the Black Label, it offers a sound investment.

Tasting notes:
'Old unirrigated bush vines with yields of 4-5 tons per hectare were used to make this wine. The grapes were destemmed, sorted, crushed and fermented in open-top ‘kuipe’ for four days. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel and spent a total of 19 months in barrel.' – Cape Winemakers Guild

'This starts off shy and reserved, with tight wood tones that seem to currently cover the black plum and cherry fruits that sit beneath. It's more herbal and spicy in nature right now than fruit-forward, with leather and cured sweet-game tones. It's medium-plus in weight, with a plush feel to the midpalate that is lifted by bright acidity and a fine yet firm structure of tannic support through the finish. This is an infant now, but will surely continue to harmonize and coalesce well through 2035, though best to resist opening prior to 2025.' – Wine Enthusiast, 94/100

About Kanonkop:
Kanonkop Estate is situated on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in the Stellenbosch Region of the Cape and confidently boasts with some of South Africa’s most premium wines. Kanonkop is a 4th-generation family estate, which was originally purchased by JW Sauer, a cabinet member in the parliament of the Union of South Africa. This estate has since then been handed down from father to son for over 40 years and is now in the talented, capable hands of its current owners Paul and Johann Krige. The name Kanonkop was derived from a kopje (hillock), from which a cannon was fired in the 17th Century to alert farmers in outlying areas that sailing ships plying the waters between Europe and the Far East had entered Table Bay for a stopover at Cape Town.
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Country South Africa
Region Stellenbosch
Bottle Size 750ml
Style Red
Rating WE 94
Drink To Long-term cellaring
Price R1,550.00
Producer Kanonkop
Variety Pinotage
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