Kanonkop Estate has been described by those in the know as being the South African equivalent of a Premier Cru or First Growth. International awards accumulated over more than a decade have gone a long way to substantiate these claims.
Winemaking at Kanonkop
Winemaking at Kanonkop follows the age-old tradition of being made in open concrete fermenters, but with a slight difference, the tanks are wide and shallow, rather high and deep. This ensures maximum skin contact. Only French Nevers barrels are used for breeding, with the exception of a few experimental barrels each year. All cellaring, bottling and labelling is done on Kanonkop.
The wine has a deep ruby, red colour. It shows ripe raspberries, black currant and mocha flavours on the nose and has dark chocolate and blackberry fruit on the palate. This wine has good length with a dry finish and can mature for a further 7-8 years.
2018 NEAL MARTIN REPORT
“The 2016 Kadette Cape Blend comprises 38% Pinotage, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 23% Merlot, aged in barrel for 12 months in second-, third- and fourth-fill French barriques. The pleasant, straightforward bouquet of mint-tinged black fruit conveys an almost Left Bank personality. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black and red fruit, well-judged acidity and a sense of harmony toward the easy-drinking finish. Fine.”
— Neal Martin 88