Kanonkop, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
“Dark & brooding 2016 has aristocratically austere edge to its cassis & cigarbox notes & full-flavoured generosity. Absorbs 50% new oak easily”, Platter’s
Grainy tannins compliment its earthy profile, with subtle hints of liquorice on the lengthy finish.
One to tuck away in the cellar.
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 compliment the earthy profile, with subtle hints of liquorice on the lengthy finish.
The cold weather arrived late, with below average rainfall resulting in low soil moisture and dam levels. The budburst period was very dry, placing a lot of strain on the vines causing a reduction in amount of berries per bunch and the resulting crop size. Very warm and dry during the harvest period, with minimal wind damage and disease.
WINEMAKING / MATURATION
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.
10 to 15 years from vintage
All types of steak
Braised beef short ribs
Rosemary lamb shanks
Matured hard cheeses