Kanonkop Pinotage 2017 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Stellenbosch
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After extensive tastings of the 2017 whites and Pinot Noirs, we believe the new Cape vintage could rival the great modern-day 2015 vintage for sheer quality. The 2017 Kanonkop Pinotage is the first of the blue-chip reds to be released and it demonstrates the balance and purity of the vintage.

‘Whilst it was the third year of the Cape drought,’ says winemaker Abrie Beeslaar, ‘the ripening months saw cool nights which allowed for freshness and structure amidst the concentration of colour and flavour produced by the small berries and bunches.’ The 2017 is dramatic and brooding with typical Kanonkop fruit-richness and spice. In fact, it’s not far off the 96-point (Greg Sherwood MW) 2017 Black Label and offers relative value. This is the world pre-release with delivery at the end of April. Why not purchase 12 for the cellar and we’ll send you a complimentary bottle to try now?

The 2015 Kanonkop Pinotage has appreciated 56% since our pre-release 2 years ago and the 2017 presents a similar investment opportunity. Otherwise, invest in the 2017 Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon in our new Cabernet Investment Portfolio – the CIP 2017. The VIP 2015 index is up 15.6% since August and the CIP 2017 is offered with similar benefits.

Tasting notes:
'Still youthful and showing its 80% new wood, this is a very ambitious Pinotage from a fantastic Cape red wine vintage, exhibiting considerable colour, structure and concentration, fine-boned tannins and layers of raspberry and black cherry fruit. Give it time. Drink 2021-30.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2019, 94/100

'Matured for 16 months in French oak, 80% new, the nose shows red and black cherry and plums to go with musk, vanilla and spice plus a little banana loaf. The palate is extremely flavourful and very well balanced with pure fruit, punchy acidity and fine tannins (alcohol: 14.32%). It’s polished in the best sense and sure to appeal to a wide range of wine enthusiasts.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 93/100

'Variety’s signature racy acidity & well-judged 80% new oak are key to the exceptional balance & freshness of 2017. Always a serious rendering of SA’s home-grown grape; rich, dark toned & concentrated but unforced. Superb now & for decade-plus.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (93/100)

'The 2017 Pinotage has a lovely nose of baked black cherries, black currants, Indian ink and hints of orange blossom, all pure and refined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, well-pitched acidity and an elegant finish that Pinotage skeptics ought to taste in order to change their minds. This is how to do commercial/quality Pinotage.' – Neal Martin, Vinous, 91/100

'From an extremely dry and hot growing season, there were tiny yields from the 30 – 65-year-old dryland bush vines. A textbook Stellenbosch Pinotage but with more purity and poise. Fine aromatics and spice lead to mulberry, raspberry and cinnamon. Muscular and structured, hiding notes of bramble, violets, plums and blackberries. Elegant and savoury with a luxurious, lifted finish. Matured for 16 months in 80% new French oak. It needs more time to knit. Drink 2022 – 2037.' – Roland Peens (April 2019)
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Abrie Beeslaar
Alcohol 14.3%
Blend information 100% Pinotage
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Pinotage
Rating TA 94
Technical analysis RS: 2.0 g/L | TA: 5.8 g/L | PH: 3.52
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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