Kanonkop Estate 'Paul Sauer' 2017

  • "Complex and intense aromas of cassis, plums, spiced oak and cigar box on the nose.
  • he palate is rich and supple, with seamless fruit/oak integration, delicate tannins and a fine seam of acidity.
  • Layers of plush fruit explode on the palate with concentrated flavours of tomato cocktail, black and red fruits, and stewed meat. A wine of immense purity, depth and freshness
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  • Wine Enthusiast
    93 points

Editors notes

This cuvée carries the name of Paul and Johann Krige’s grandfather. The Estate range is made using grapes sourced at the property itself, in this case a Bordeaux-inspired blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. After being harvested by hand, the grapes are punched down every two hours to ensure optimal extraction. The wine is then aged in new wooden casks for around 24 months.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Earthy
    • Liquorice
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Black Fruits
    • Forest Floor
    • Red Cherry

Food Pairings

  • Game
  • Pork
  • Poultry

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Wine Enthusiast

    "Winemaker: Abrie Beeslaar. Licorice, violet and rooibos tea spice rides atop the earthy cherry pit, black plum flesh and warm strawberry-rhubarb pie tones on the nose of this blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc. The palate is similarly spicy and well structured, with framing tannins and a velvety texture that envelop the ripe red-fruit flavors. There’s a nice juiciness on the palate, lending freshness through the finish. It’s bright and well balanced, and will mature well through 2030."

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South Africa

You’ll find the bulk of South Africa’s wine regions on or near the coast of the Cape, where they leverage the cooling influence of the Southern Ocean. Combined with the mountain ranges that run through many of the regions, providing various altitudes, aspects, and soils, this unique landscape yields a wide range of wine styles. Among the black grape varieties planted here are Cabernet Sauvignon (the most widely planted), Merlot, Syrah, and Pinot Noir. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, also has significant plantings and is little grown elsewhere in the world. Winemakers create Pinotage in a range of styles, from light and fruity to full-bodied old-vine wines. Among the white grape varieties, Chenin Blanc is the most widely planted grape of either colour; Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are also widely grown. Among the prominent winemaking areas of South Africa are Stellenbosch, Paarl, Swartland, Walker Bay, Durbanville, Constantia, Worcester, Robertson, Elgin, and Elim.

Western Cape

Western Cape is a sweeping wine region of South Africa, with more than 90% of the country’s wine production happening here. It’s home to such important winemaking districts as Stellenbosch (the centre of fine-wine production for the country), Paarl, Cape Peninsula (specifically, the Constantia ward), Swartland, Worcester, Robertson, Walker Bay, and Elgin. Western Cape produces a wide range of wines, from bulk, inexpensive drops to premium brands. Keeping in mind its size, the province generally enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate. However, microclimates vary thanks to the province’s many mountains, differing proximity to the ocean, changing elevations, and differing aspects. A diverse range of grapes also grow here, including Pinot Noir, Tinta Barocca, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinotage, and Chenin Blanc.

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