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Black Label Pinotage

Kanonkop, Black Label Pinotage 2017

R1,850

60 in stock

Notes

100% Pinotage

The annual launch of the new-vintage Black Label Pinotage from Kanonkop Wine Estate is always one of the most anticipated events on the South African wine calendar, but this year’s release is set to create unrivalled demand for the icon Pinotage as it follows a few weeks after Kanonkop became the first local winery to achieve a 100pt rating from international wine critic Tim Atkin.

Atkin’s perfect score for the Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2015 led to a demand which was unrivalled in the history of the Stellenbosch estate, with the wine sold-out within days. The new release of Kanonkop’s rare Black Label Pinotage, this from the 2017 harvest, is set to parallel the demand for the 100pt Paul Sauer as this special Pinotage has been particularly sought-after since its maiden release from the 2006 vintage and is produced in limited volumes.

Each wine is individually numbered and labelled with a hologram to ensure authenticity.

Tasting notes:
'This vintage is very, very impressive – a return to form after the slightly unconvincing 2016 and just a little behind the magisterial 2015. The nose shows red and black cherries, plums and hedgegrow fruit, fynbos, tilled earth and attractive oak-derived characteristics including vanilla and cinnamon – it’s deep and very alluring. The palate has huge fruit density – sweet in the best sense, almost liqueur-like – but there’s also bright acidity and the tannins are firm and pleasantly chewy. It’s a real statement wine – powerful but composed and built to last.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100

'Opaque purple ruby colour. Intense floral perfume nose of dark rose petals, with layers of strawberries, red fruit, hints of sweet spice. The palate is packed with red fruit, black plums and chocolate. The beautifully integrated oak plays a great supporting role. Powerful yet elegant tannins. Mouth filling without being heavy. The seamless finish rounds off this complex, powerful, yet elegant wine.' – Abrie Beeslaar, Winemaker

'When it comes to Pinotage, there may certainly be bigger wines, bolder opulent wines or more funky wines on the market but nothing ticks all the fine wine boxes like Kanonkop Black Label. The 2017 release marks the dawning of a new era where the local sales in the home market are properly mirrored with an enthusiastic international collector market pre-release offer for the first time. And what better way to do this with than with the 2017 expression which now comes from noble 67 year old vines which create a majestic elixir matured entirely in new French oak for 18 months before release. What Abrie Beeslaar has created in this vintage is a marvel to behold marrying new world hedonistic opulence with old world, Bordeaux’esque delineation and structure.

This is a block buster that tantalises and teases the palate in the most intellectual sense and rewards the palate with a cornucopia of stimulation. The bouquet is positively bursting with lifted maraschino cherry, kirsch liquor, clove spice, blueberry, earthy mulberry and plum coulis. But it doesn’t stop there, before this block buster even gets out the starting blocks and close to your palate there are complex notes of sweet cloves, wood shavings, branded oak, iced tea and fresh oregano, sage and rose petal to behold.

The palate is equally complex and alluring, exotically seductive in the most sensual sense of the word, showing the succulent delineation you would hope for and expect from a wine of this pedigree and price point but also a complexity of sweet bramble berry fruits, cut hedgerow, freshly tilled Stellenbosch earth and cherry kirsch liquor chocolates. But the stand out quality of this wine is undoubtedly the bright, crunchy yet sultry saline acidity that leaves you coming back for one sip after another. The lasting impression of this wine on the palate is the vitality, precision, knowhow and authority that beam from the glass akin to facing down a glass of Romanée Conti Burgundy. But I’ll stop there… the rest is up to you… the consumer! Dive in now or over the next 20+ years.' – Greg Sherwood, Winesafari.com, 96/100

Viticulture:
Black Label is made from one of the oldest Pinotage vineyards in South Africa, one planted in 1953 on a site that has over the years proved to produce fruit of specific excellence and deemed special enough to be bottled under an own label. According to Kanonkop cellarmaster Abrie Beeslaar, the 2017 vintage was truly excellent for the Black Label. 'It did not initially look as if this was going to be the case, as 2017 was the third very dry year in a row on the farm,' he says. 'We only had 500mm of rain, 250mm less than the long-term average.'

As the summer kicked in and harvest was about to commence, however, the temperatures became mild and temperate. 'The cool nights were a real blessing as this makes for even ripening and fruit-freshness,' says Beeslaar. 'And then, lo and behold, we had some rain on the 23rd and 27th of January allowing the Black Label block to ripen without too much stress. Bunches were smaller and the harvest lighter due to the dry growing conditions, but the larger skin-to-flesh ratio in the berries resulted in magnificent, expressive flavours.'

Vinification:
Each year’s Kanonkop Black Label is made to a tried-and-tested method based on simplicity and minimum intervention, says Beeslaar. '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 to sculpt tannins and give the inherent fruit flavours structure and palate-weight.'

100% Pinotage

The annual launch of the new-vintage Black Label Pinotage from Kanonkop Wine Estate is always one of the most anticipated events on the South African wine calendar, but this year’s release is set to create unrivalled demand for the icon Pinotage as it follows a few weeks after Kanonkop became the first local winery to achieve a 100pt rating from international wine critic Tim Atkin.

Atkin’s perfect score for the Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2015 led to a demand which was unrivalled in the history of the Stellenbosch estate, with the wine sold-out within days. The new release of Kanonkop’s rare Black Label Pinotage, this from the 2017 harvest, is set to parallel the demand for the 100pt Paul Sauer as this special Pinotage has been particularly sought-after since its maiden release from the 2006 vintage and is produced in limited volumes.

Each wine is individually numbered and labelled with a hologram to ensure authenticity.

Tasting notes:
'This vintage is very, very impressive – a return to form after the slightly unconvincing 2016 and just a little behind the magisterial 2015. The nose shows red and black cherries, plums and hedgegrow fruit, fynbos, tilled earth and attractive oak-derived characteristics including vanilla and cinnamon – it’s deep and very alluring. The palate has huge fruit density – sweet in the best sense, almost liqueur-like – but there’s also bright acidity and the tannins are firm and pleasantly chewy. It’s a real statement wine – powerful but composed and built to last.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100

'Opaque purple ruby colour. Intense floral perfume nose of dark rose petals, with layers of strawberries, red fruit, hints of sweet spice. The palate is packed with red fruit, black plums and chocolate. The beautifully integrated oak plays a great supporting role. Powerful yet elegant tannins. Mouth filling without being heavy. The seamless finish rounds off this complex, powerful, yet elegant wine.' – Abrie Beeslaar, Winemaker

'When it comes to Pinotage, there may certainly be bigger wines, bolder opulent wines or more funky wines on the market but nothing ticks all the fine wine boxes like Kanonkop Black Label. The 2017 release marks the dawning of a new era where the local sales in the home market are properly mirrored with an enthusiastic international collector market pre-release offer for the first time. And what better way to do this with than with the 2017 expression which now comes from noble 67 year old vines which create a majestic elixir matured entirely in new French oak for 18 months before release. What Abrie Beeslaar has created in this vintage is a marvel to behold marrying new world hedonistic opulence with old world, Bordeaux’esque delineation and structure.

This is a block buster that tantalises and teases the palate in the most intellectual sense and rewards the palate with a cornucopia of stimulation. The bouquet is positively bursting with lifted maraschino cherry, kirsch liquor, clove spice, blueberry, earthy mulberry and plum coulis. But it doesn’t stop there, before this block buster even gets out the starting blocks and close to your palate there are complex notes of sweet cloves, wood shavings, branded oak, iced tea and fresh oregano, sage and rose petal to behold.

The palate is equally complex and alluring, exotically seductive in the most sensual sense of the word, showing the succulent delineation you would hope for and expect from a wine of this pedigree and price point but also a complexity of sweet bramble berry fruits, cut hedgerow, freshly tilled Stellenbosch earth and cherry kirsch liquor chocolates. But the stand out quality of this wine is undoubtedly the bright, crunchy yet sultry saline acidity that leaves you coming back for one sip after another. The lasting impression of this wine on the palate is the vitality, precision, knowhow and authority that beam from the glass akin to facing down a glass of Romanée Conti Burgundy. But I’ll stop there… the rest is up to you… the consumer! Dive in now or over the next 20+ years.' – Greg Sherwood, Winesafari.com, 96/100

Viticulture:
Black Label is made from one of the oldest Pinotage vineyards in South Africa, one planted in 1953 on a site that has over the years proved to produce fruit of specific excellence and deemed special enough to be bottled under an own label. According to Kanonkop cellarmaster Abrie Beeslaar, the 2017 vintage was truly excellent for the Black Label. 'It did not initially look as if this was going to be the case, as 2017 was the third very dry year in a row on the farm,' he says. 'We only had 500mm of rain, 250mm less than the long-term average.'

As the summer kicked in and harvest was about to commence, however, the temperatures became mild and temperate. 'The cool nights were a real blessing as this makes for even ripening and fruit-freshness,' says Beeslaar. 'And then, lo and behold, we had some rain on the 23rd and 27th of January allowing the Black Label block to ripen without too much stress. Bunches were smaller and the harvest lighter due to the dry growing conditions, but the larger skin-to-flesh ratio in the berries resulted in magnificent, expressive flavours.'

Vinification:
Each year’s Kanonkop Black Label is made to a tried-and-tested method based on simplicity and minimum intervention, says Beeslaar. '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 to sculpt tannins and give the inherent fruit flavours structure and palate-weight.'

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GS 96

Country

ZA

Region

Stellenbosch

Style

Red

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