Kanonkop, Black Label Pinotage 2018
“Serious, smoky, dark and brooding, this old-vine cuvée is always one of the best Pinotages in the Cape”, Tim Atkin
This is a decadently rich and layered wine, with bold flavours of black cherries, dark plums and wild bramble fruit.
Made from one of the oldest Pinotage vineyards in South Africa, planted in 1953, which consistently produces fruit of such excellence that it merits bottling under it’s own label.
Deep purple colour, with intense perfumed top notes of rose petals, cinnamon spice, black cherries and dark chocolate. A decadently rich and layered wine, with bold flavours of black cherries, dark plums and wild bramble fruit. The seamlessly integrated oak and velvety tannins add firm support and structure to the sultry fruit core. A big, complex and powerful wine – the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove!
Extremely warm and dry, with below average rainfall and cold units during the preceding winter. During ripening the night time temperatures were cooler than normal, resulting in good acid and flavour development. A challenging vintage producing sound, concentrated wines that should peak earlier.
WINEMAKING / MATURATION
Fermentation took place in open top concrete fermenters. The floating skins were punched down by hand, every 2 hours during fermentation. The juice was drawn off the skins after 3.5 days. After malolactic fermentation the wine was matured for 18 months in 100% new 225L French Nevers oak barrels.
15 to 20 years from vintage
Barbequed venison and beef
Grilled game fish like tuna
Roast duck with berry sauce