Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2012 Bottle size: 1500ml

South Africa, Stellenbosch
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'This brilliant Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% each of Merlot and Cabernet Franc is always sourced from the same 40-year-old block on the farm. Leafy, floral and subtle, with notes of spice and cigar box, it carries its tannins lightly. A stunning Paul Sauer release. Drink 2016-30.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2016, 96/100

'Cab-based flagship, with cab franc, merlot. 2012 with usual richly vinous, muscular build; penetrating ripe fruit to balance concluding austerity. Beautifully composed, complemented by new oak, a long, fine future assured. Larger formats too.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5*

'(aged for two years in all new French oak): Bright red-ruby. Aromas of cassis and licorice are lifted by herbs and black pepper. Dense but light on its feet; in a distinctly old-school Bordeaux style, conveying a strong peppery tobacco leaf quality to its flavors of currant, dark raspberry and woodsmoke. I find this penetrating, vibrant, utterly seamless wine less opulent than the 2011 but it will need several years of aging to blossom. Lovely suave tannins and floral lift on the end. Drink 2020-2029.' – Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, 92+/100

'The 2012 Paul Sauer is approximately the same blend as the 2011, matured 24 months in new oak. Actually, the nose is very similar to the previous vintage with mint-tinged, floral black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with taut tannin, quite backward and primal as you would expect, the oak lifting the finish that at the moment does not quite have the persistence of the 2011. Let's see what happens over the next year.' – Wine Advocate, 90/100
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Abrie Beeslaar
Alcohol 14%
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Bordeaux Blend
Rating TA 96
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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