Iconic view at Kanonkop

There are four or five Cape wine farms with names recognised all over the world for producing the very best wines we have to offer. One of these is definitely Kanonkop which has been instrumental in placing our red wines literally on the map everywhere. The estate is named after the cannon that was fired to alert local farmers that ships had entered the harbour at Table Bay to buy provisions. They immediately set out on the 50kms trek there to sell their goods and of course the wines they had made.

The Pinotages from here and the Cabernets are superb and some of them are priced very much into collectors’ territory. These days there are easier to afford examples and even a Rosé which is delicious.   One of their iconic blends is called Paul Sauer after the patriarch politician who was instrumental in making Kanonkop what it is today. It is a classic Bordeaux style blend, the first SA wine to be awarded a perfect 100pt score by famed wine critic Tim Atkin. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc components were blended after malolactic fermentation and placed in new French oak barrels to mature for 24 months. The result is a  seamless explosion of intense flavour in the mouth , an exceptional wine that will age –if you have the time– for 20 years but  is ready to surprise—and thrill you– today. The latest vintage (2018) will be released on July 1. Master winemaker Abrie Beeslaar calls his creation “seamlessly elegant and truly accessible even its current youthful state.” I could not agree more. Available at the cellar and at fine wine stores at R770

Cellarmaster Abrie Beeslaar