Kanonkop is a 4th generation family-owned wine estate, which has been handed down from generation to generation and is now in the hands of brothers Paul and Johann Krige.
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.
Vibrant aromas of blueberries, ripe plums, black cherries, cinnamon and vanilla on the nose. The palate is sultry and luxurious, with densely packed flavours of berry compote, wild bramble, plum tart and spicy Christmas cake. Ripe tannins are beautifully intertwined between the layers of fruit, adding a dense and broad texture to the wine. The subtle spicy tones and plush black cherry flavours on the lingering finish completes a very elegant and age worthy wine.
Winemaker: Abrie Beeslaar
Varietal: 100% Pinotage
Origin: Simonsberg, Stellenbosch
Age of vines: 32 to 66-year-old bush vines
Irrigation: None - dry land vineyards
Soil type: Decomposed Granite, Hutton and Clovelly
Yield: 5 tons per hectare
Ageing Potential: 10 to 15 years from vintage
94 points – Tim Atkin