Kanonkop, Kadette, Cape Blend, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Attractive aromas of redcurrants, cherries, spice and a touch of mocha on the nose. The palate is lively and fresh, with succulent raspberry flavours supported by a firm, yet silky tannin structure and a 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.
Vinous: 91 pts
The bright ruby colour of this wine is complemented on the nose by attractive aromas of redcurrants, cherries, spice and a touch of mocha. The palate is lively and fresh, with succulent raspberry flavours supported by a firm, yet silky tannin structure. Savoury notes persist on the lengthy finish. A blend of 37% Pinotage, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.