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.
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.
WINEMAKER: Abrie Beeslaar
VARIETALS: 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 13%
ORIGIN: Simonsberg, Stellenbosch
CLIMATE: A warm dry winter with hot days during the picking
AGE OF VINES: 28 years on average
IRRIGATION: Combination of dry land vineyards and supplemental
SOIL: Decomposed granite, Hutton and Clovelly soils
YIELD: 4 tons/ha – 2750 litres/ha
VINIFICATION: 5 days on skins in open fermenters @ 29
cap was punched down manually every 2 hours.
MATURATION: 24 months in 225L French Nevers oak –
100% new barrels.
TASTING NOTES: Complex and layered aromas of cassis,
sweet spice are further complimented by notes of tobacco,
cedar wood and
cigar box on the nose. The palate has a plush, juicy red and
black fruit core
with seamless, integrated tannins and a fine seam of
acidity. Pin-point balance
between the new oak and fruit results in a wine with grace
Beautiful savoury notes on the finish.
FOOD PAIRING: A great accompaniment to meat
roasts and a selection of well-matured cheeses.
96 points - Neal Martin
96 points - Tim Atkin MW
95 points - Greg Sherwood MW
92 points - Wine Enthusiast
92 points - Christian Eedes
5 star - Platter's Guide