Kanonkop, Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch, South Africa
A perfumed nose filled with notes of blackcurrants, fennel, cigar box, tea leaf and fynbos shrub. The palate is delicate and fresh, grainy tannins complement the earthy profile, with subtle hints of liquorice on the lengthy finish.
The name Kanonkop is derived from a hillock (kop) on the Simonsberg mountain above the wine estate from where, during the 17th and 18th centuries, a cannon (kanon) was fired to announce the arrival of sailing ships entering Table Bay. The roar of the cannon would be the signal to local farmers, who were waiting to make the 50-kilometer journey to the harbour, to load up their wagons with fresh fruit and vegetables to barter their produce. The first wines bearing the Kanonkop label were produced in 1973. To wine lovers familiar with the centuries old châteaux and domaines of Bordeaux and Burgundy respectively, the winemaking history of our estate may seem surprisingly young. For 1973 was the year in which Kanonkop’s contention for a place in the annals of South African wine greatness began, just three years before the death of the man to whom the wine estate owes everything it has achieved and all the recognition it has attained.
Platter: 5* Vinous: 91 pts
A classic Simonsberg Cabernet, exuding a sense of coolness, despite the warm vintage conditions. A perfumed nose filled with notes of blackcurrants, fennel, cigar box, tea leaf and fynbos shrub. The palate is delicate and fresh, with an austere old-world charm about it. Grainy tannins complement the earthy profile, with subtle hints of liquorice on the lengthy finish.