Crafted from the fruit of some of South Africa’s oldest Pinotage vines, this Kanonkop Pinotage Stellenbosch South Africa 2016 is a Cape classic! Temptingly complex and characteristic, it conveys bold flavors of berries and plums with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla and aromatic spice.
Red berries, chocolate, vanilla, spice, licorice.
Full body, savory, raspberries, blackberries, plum sauce smoky dark chocolate.
Pairs perfectly with red meats, lamb, spicy Asian foods.
Kanonkop Estate has received many international awards, among the most recent we find:
2017 International Wine and Spirit Competition – South African Producer of the Year Trophy
2017 International Wine and Spirit Competition – International Winemaker of the Year
2017 Tim Atkin MW, Best of South Africa: 96 – Kanonkop Pinotage 2015
Pinotage may be considered South Africa’s most notable contribution to the history of the vinifera vine. It was A.I. Perold, a temporary professor in chemistry at the University of Cape Town, who in 1925 crossed Pinot Noir with Cinsaut, known as Hermitage in South Africa, and the contraction Pinotage became its name.
Pinotage was not well known until 1961 that the grape’s name appeared in a label. Nowadays, there is even an International Pinotage Day and October 13th, 2018 marks this year’s festivities.
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 fourth-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.
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 from Europe were arriving.
Kanonkop Estate has been described by those in the know as being the South African equivalent of a Premier Cru or First Growth.
International awards accumulated over more than a decade have gone a long way to substantiate these claims.