Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Stellenbosch
R495
In stock
(Only 13 left)
95
PG
Tasting notes:
'Cape classic released a year later than Paul Sauer, needing time to show its best. Dark & brooding 2016 has aristocratically austere edge to its cassis & cigarbox notes & full-flavoured generosity. Absorbs 50% new oak easily; big tannins not formidable even in youth.' – Platter's Guide, 5* (95/100)

'On opening, this 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon was initially surprisingly taut, tight and broody with reductive aromatics of oyster shell, salty creme de cassis, black currant leaf, black chai tea, iodine and maritime salinity. But as I’ve discovered repeatedly over the past 12 months, the hot dry 2016 drought vintage did produced some really excellent red wines proving that exceptional terroir handled intelligently by an accomplished winemaker can trump even difficult vintage conditions. Given ample time to breath, the nose starts to reveal a growing intensity of black cherry, salty cassis and vibrant blueberry hints with a seductive underlay of cherry kirsch liquor. On the palate, the texture is sleek and polished with multiple waves of creme de cassis and blackberry fruits rising like a tide, finishing with a tangy concentration burst of acidity and mouthwatering fruit. Tannins are understated and powdery suggesting optimal phenolic ripeness. A really beautifully constructed wine with elegance, balance and supple accessibility. Drink on release with a bit of decanting or over 10 to 12+ years.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 94+/100

'Firm, serious, robust and showing a little - but not too much - of the heat of the 2016 vintage, this was released a little later to allow it to soften in bottle. Dense and compact with layers of damson and black cherry fruit and scented new oak. One to tuck away in the cellar. Drink 2022-28.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 93/100

'A classic Simonsberg Cabernet, exuding a sense of coolness, despite the warm vintage conditions. A perfumed nose filled with notes of blackcurrants, fennel, cigar box, tea leaf and “fynbos” shrub. The palate is delicate and fresh, with an austere old-world charm about it. Grainy tannins compliment the earthy profile, with subtle hints of liquorice on the lengthy finish.' – Winemaker
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Abrie Beeslaar
Alcohol 14.4%
Blend information 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Drink to Drink or Cellar
Variety Cabernet Sauvignon
Rating PG 95
Technical analysis RS: 2.6 g/L | TA: 5.9 g/L | PH: 3.4
Producer information Kanonkop is a fourth generation family estate located on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in Stellenbosch. With vineyards over 60 years old, award-winning winemakers and a dedication to tradition, Kanonkop has firmly established themselves as one of South Africa's 'First Growth' properties. Their wines are known to last for decades and in many ways Kanonkop is the embodiment of South African Pinotage.
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