2017 Kanonkop Estate Stellenbosch Pinotage

$46

Bright ruby-red hues. A textbook Stellenbosch Pinotage with aromatic and spicy aromas of mulberry, raspberry and cinnamon. Muscular, well integrated tannins add great structure. Flavours of bramble, violets, plums and black berries are balanced by scented new oak. An elegant wine with savoury notes on the lengthy finish, and a lifting underlying freshness.

 

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Stellenbosch, South Africa

Situated to the east of Cape Town, the Stellenbosch district lies just inland from the coast surrounding the town of Stellenbosch itself. With an ideal climate giving sufficient rainfall, cool winds, mountain coverage, and a variety of altitudes and soils, Stellenbosch has built a reputation for growing top class red wines. In particular, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Red Blends. In the cooler sites, excellent Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are also grown. 

Kanonkop’s production is centred around two grape varieties – Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Pinotage vines are cultivated as bush vines to provide optimum sunlight, which allows for maximum ripeness and to assist with regulating the crop. These vines are some of the first commercially planted Pinotage to be established at the Cape, and most are over 65 years old.

Pinotage – a grape crossing of Cinsaut and Pinot Noir. It was first crossed in South Africa in 1925 by scientist Abraham Perold. Perold observed how Pinot Noir struggled in South Africa’s climate, so he crossed them with a very productive species: Cinsaut (called Hermitage). Perold’s goal was to create a wine that was as delicious as Pinot Noir but grew as well as Cinsaut. Pinotage is now the 2nd most planted grape in South Africa.

 

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