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Paul Sauer

Kanonkop, Paul Sauer 2016

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70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Merlot

The 2015 Paul Sauer became SA’s most sought-after red when Tim Atkin MW awarded it his first 100/100 score in the New World. We are excited to release the follow-up 2016 vintage.

2016 was a trying vintage as the Western Cape drought took a firm grip and extreme heat interrupted the growing season. ‘The drier conditions did give a high level of concentration, but we had to work very carefully on the extraction to get the right balance,’ notes legendary winemaker Abrie Beeslaar, ‘the Paul Sauer 2016 is very typical of the style. It is quite perfumed and elegant.’

The 2016 Kanonkop Paul Sauer is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Merlot, clocking in at 13,84% alcohol and seasoned, as always, for 24 months in 100% new Nevers oak. The wine is currently enveloped with sweet cherry fruit and silky new oak, requiring at least another year to show its full spectrum of detail. Although concentrated and powerful, it is softer and juicier than the structured 2015. The Kanonkop pedigree affirms at least a decade or two of ageing, although we believe it will drink well before the 2015, 2014 and even 2012.

Tasting notes:
'Deep and broody full of sweet grilled herbs, cured meats, bloody meat and earthy red currants with bright cherry acids, chalky tannins and a classically dry, mineral finish with just a kiss of blueberry rock candy on the finish. Thoroughly distinguished expression of this South African benchmark classic.' – Greg Sherwood, 98+/100

About Kanonkop:
Kanonkop Estate is situated on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in the Stellenbosch Region of the Cape and confidently boasts with some of South Africa’s most premium wines. Kanonkop is a fourth generation family estate, which was originally purchased by JW Sauer, a cabinet member in the parliament of the Union of South Africa. This estate has since then been handed down from father to son for over 40 years and is now in the talented, capable hands of its current owners Paul & Johann Krige.

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Merlot

The 2015 Paul Sauer became SA’s most sought-after red when Tim Atkin MW awarded it his first 100/100 score in the New World. We are excited to release the follow-up 2016 vintage.

2016 was a trying vintage as the Western Cape drought took a firm grip and extreme heat interrupted the growing season. ‘The drier conditions did give a high level of concentration, but we had to work very carefully on the extraction to get the right balance,’ notes legendary winemaker Abrie Beeslaar, ‘the Paul Sauer 2016 is very typical of the style. It is quite perfumed and elegant.’

The 2016 Kanonkop Paul Sauer is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Merlot, clocking in at 13,84% alcohol and seasoned, as always, for 24 months in 100% new Nevers oak. The wine is currently enveloped with sweet cherry fruit and silky new oak, requiring at least another year to show its full spectrum of detail. Although concentrated and powerful, it is softer and juicier than the structured 2015. The Kanonkop pedigree affirms at least a decade or two of ageing, although we believe it will drink well before the 2015, 2014 and even 2012.

Tasting notes:
'Deep and broody full of sweet grilled herbs, cured meats, bloody meat and earthy red currants with bright cherry acids, chalky tannins and a classically dry, mineral finish with just a kiss of blueberry rock candy on the finish. Thoroughly distinguished expression of this South African benchmark classic.' – Greg Sherwood, 98+/100

About Kanonkop:
Kanonkop Estate is situated on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in the Stellenbosch Region of the Cape and confidently boasts with some of South Africa’s most premium wines. Kanonkop is a fourth generation family estate, which was originally purchased by JW Sauer, a cabinet member in the parliament of the Union of South Africa. This estate has since then been handed down from father to son for over 40 years and is now in the talented, capable hands of its current owners Paul & Johann Krige.

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GS 95+

Country

ZA

Region

Stellenbosch

Style

Red

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