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Kanonkop, Estate Pinotage 2018

Kanonkop’s Pinotage comes from 63-year-old unirrigated bush vines grown on the estate.

An elegant wine with lingering flavours of juicy, dark plums on the finish.

Voted 2020 Most Admired Wine Brand in Africa and the Middle East.

94pts | Tim Atkin

£28.00

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Stellenbosch

Pinotage

LightFull Bodied

Description

TASTING NOTES
Intense purple hues. The nose is beautifully aromatic, with scented aromas of red currants, macerated cherries and cinnamon spice. The palate displays a silky tannin structure, backed by a fine seam of acidity. Subtle vanilla undertones from the integrated oak profile are juxtaposed against a fruit explosion of wild bramble, plums and black berries. An elegant wine with lingering flavours of juicy, dark plums on the finish.

VINTAGE CONDITIONS
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 that produced sound, concentrated wines.

WINEMAKING / MATURATION
Fermented in open top concrete fermenters at 280C. The floating skins were punched down by hand, every 2 hours during fermentation. The juice was drawn off the skins after 3 days. After malolactic fermentation the wine was matured for 16 months in 80% new and 20% second fill 225L French Nevers oak barrels.

WINEMAKER
Abrie Beeslaar

AGEING POTENTIAL
15 to 20 years from vintage

 

Additional information

Grape

Pinotage

Vintage

2018

Wine Farm

Alcohol

14.8%

Spicy Asian-style dishes
Aromatic curries
Peppered squid with wasabi
All types of venison meat
Seared game fish
Duck

1 review for Kanonkop, Estate Pinotage 2018

  1. Tim Atkin | 94pts

    “Hot, long and tiring” is how Johann Krige describes the 2018 vintage, but Kanonkop more than coped with the challenge. The tannins are quite serious here, lending the wine structure and ageing potential. The palate is sweet and layered, with notes of sweet spices and patisserie and a long, tapering finish. 2022-30″

    Tim Atkin 2020 SA Report

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