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Kanonkop Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

Kanonkop Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

R595,00

The King of Bordeaux grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon is a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc that originated in the Gironde region of Bordeaux some three centuries ago. Cabernet Sauvignon, the focus grape variety of the Stellenbosch region, plays an integral part in the highest rated wines from this area.

A wine that exudes the refinement and purity of a classic Cabernet Sauvignon with the notes of dense black fruit, brambles and pineneedles elevated by a life-affirming freshness. Recognised as one of the New World’s finest Cabernet Sauvignons, this wine expresses the uniqueness of Stellenbosch’s Simonsberg terroir.

The Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 displays aromas of blackberry, cassis, and blueberry combine with tobacco, cedar, and oak spice to create a complex bouquet. On the palate, concentrated black fruit is supported by oak spice, roasted nuts, and a trace of fragrant fynbos. The tannins are robust, yet well-integrated and interwoven.

Specifications

SKU: KAN-008
Alcohol Volume: 13.68%
Sugar G/L: 3.2 g/l
Type of wine: Red Wine
Food Pairing: Cheese, Meat

More Information

In the cellar

Fermentation took place in open top concrete fermenters at 290C. The floating skins were punched down by hand, every 2 hours during fermentation. The juice was drawn off the skins after 5 days. After malolactic fermentation the wine was matured for 24 months in 50% new and 50% second fill 225L French Nevers oak barrels.

In the vineyard

The carry-over effect of the previous three year’s drought is still visible in this vintage, despite the higher rainfall during the season. The resulting crop was smaller, but of high quality. Despite the relative low water stress, the cool weather contributed to smaller berries and less irrigation was needed this growing season.

Ageing

This wine can be enjoyed now or cellared for 10 to 15 years from vintage.

Cultivar

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Food Pairing

All types of steak | Slow-cooked venison | Braised beef short ribs | Rosemary lamb shanks | Matured hard cheeses | Oxtai

About the Wine Estate

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: Paul Sauer.

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