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Black Label Pinotage

Kanonkop, Black Label Pinotage 2015

R1,590

3 in stock

Notes

From the oldest block of Pinotage on Kanonkop – a South African First Growth – comes the 2015 Black Label Pinotage. Planted in 1953 on the slopes of the Simonsberg, this extraordinary wine is both powerful and lithe with beautiful fruit expression; complex, but with the finest tannins and a beguiling finish. The 2015 is the epitome of South African Pinotage and sits comfortably among the greatest wines of the world.

The 2014 was awarded 97 points from Tim Atkin, but, like Abrie Beeslaar, we feel that the current release is even more spectacular. Named International Winemaker of the Year in 2008 and 2015, Abrie says 2015 'is set to go down as one of the greatest years for South African wine'.

Kanonkop's wines are noted for their long ageing potential and, whilst seductive now, this collector's item will mature effortlessly for decades to come. As yet unrated by the world’s top critics, we expect it to become one of South Africa’s most highly rated and sought-after wines.

Tasting notes:
'The 2015 vintage of Black Label Pinotage from Kanonkop is the best yet. From a vineyard planted in 1953, it is a wine that astonishes in terms of both stature and detail. On the nose, black cherry, plum and banana (the latter a mere nuance) plus vanilla and spice while a floral note insures the whole thing doesn’t become too macho.

The palate meanwhile possesses excellent concentration, bright acidity and tannins which are smooth in the best sense. Sweet upfront but savoury on the finish. Plenty of oak in evidence but this doesn’t sit apart and you feel that it is necessary to temper all that fruit. It’s full but beautifully balanced and should provide drinking pleasure for decades.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 96/100

Winemaker's comments:
'The just-released 2015 vintage is muscular, yet already charming with graceful fruity notes. It is characterised by flavours of black fruit, prune and forest floor, with a bit of spice and a delectable savouriness. As the previous vintages have shown, this wine really starts hitting its straps after five years in the bottle as it gains complexity and added depth.' – Abrie Beeslaar. Abrie was named 'Winemaker of the Year' in Tim Atkin's 2016 South Africa Report.

Production:
The fermenting juice was removed from the skins after four days, with malolactic fermentation commencing in stainless steel tanks before being completed in new French oak barrels. Maturation in new wood was done over 18 months, adding to structure and refinement.
From the oldest block of Pinotage on Kanonkop – a South African First Growth – comes the 2015 Black Label Pinotage. Planted in 1953 on the slopes of the Simonsberg, this extraordinary wine is both powerful and lithe with beautiful fruit expression; complex, but with the finest tannins and a beguiling finish. The 2015 is the epitome of South African Pinotage and sits comfortably among the greatest wines of the world.

The 2014 was awarded 97 points from Tim Atkin, but, like Abrie Beeslaar, we feel that the current release is even more spectacular. Named International Winemaker of the Year in 2008 and 2015, Abrie says 2015 'is set to go down as one of the greatest years for South African wine'.

Kanonkop's wines are noted for their long ageing potential and, whilst seductive now, this collector's item will mature effortlessly for decades to come. As yet unrated by the world’s top critics, we expect it to become one of South Africa’s most highly rated and sought-after wines.

Tasting notes:
'The 2015 vintage of Black Label Pinotage from Kanonkop is the best yet. From a vineyard planted in 1953, it is a wine that astonishes in terms of both stature and detail. On the nose, black cherry, plum and banana (the latter a mere nuance) plus vanilla and spice while a floral note insures the whole thing doesn’t become too macho.

The palate meanwhile possesses excellent concentration, bright acidity and tannins which are smooth in the best sense. Sweet upfront but savoury on the finish. Plenty of oak in evidence but this doesn’t sit apart and you feel that it is necessary to temper all that fruit. It’s full but beautifully balanced and should provide drinking pleasure for decades.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 96/100

Winemaker's comments:
'The just-released 2015 vintage is muscular, yet already charming with graceful fruity notes. It is characterised by flavours of black fruit, prune and forest floor, with a bit of spice and a delectable savouriness. As the previous vintages have shown, this wine really starts hitting its straps after five years in the bottle as it gains complexity and added depth.' – Abrie Beeslaar. Abrie was named 'Winemaker of the Year' in Tim Atkin's 2016 South Africa Report.

Production:
The fermenting juice was removed from the skins after four days, with malolactic fermentation commencing in stainless steel tanks before being completed in new French oak barrels. Maturation in new wood was done over 18 months, adding to structure and refinement.
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CE96

Country

ZA

Region

Stellenbosch

Style

Red

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