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History

Kanonkop Estate is situated on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in the Stellenbosch Region of the Cape and confidently boasts with some of South Africa’s most premium wines. Kanonkop is a fourth generation family estate, which was originally purchased by JW Sauer, a cabinet member in the parliament of the Union of South Africa. This estate has since then been handed down from father to son for over 40 years and is now in the talented, capable hands of its current owners Paul &
Johann Krige.

 

The name Kanonkop was derived from a kopje (hillock), from which a cannon was fired in the 17th Century to alert farmers in outlying areas that sailing ships plying the waters between Europe and the Far East had entered Table Bay for a stopover at Cape Town.

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Winemaking

Winemaking at Kanonkop follows the age-old tradition of being made in open concrete fermenters, but with a slight difference, the tanks are wide and shallow, rather high and deep. This ensures maximum skin contact. Only French Nevers barrels are used for breeding, with the exception of a few experimental barrels each year. All cellaring, bottling and labelling is done on Kanonkop.

 

Kanonkop is renowned for its red wines, with Pinotage making up 50% of all plantings, Cabernet Sauvignon 35%, Merlot 7.5% and Cabernet franc the rest. Our Pinotage vines have been retained as bush vines to provide optimum sunlight, which allows for maximum ripeness. These vines were some of the first commercially planted Pinotage to be established in the Cape and most are over 50 years old.

 

Hardly any irrigation is needed due to our ideal soil type and location. Optimum ripeness plays a major role in producing good red wine and on the estate a careful check is done to ensure that the grapes are picked at perfection.

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 Julia Harding MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  2 wines  from  Kanonkop . In a tasting of  19 wines 

Miraval's top wine Muse de Miraval Rosé 2020, made from selected best and oldest organic vineyards – Grenache and Rolle. Bottled in magnum only. Vinified in egg-shaped concrete tanks, a very small proportion aged in demi-muids.
Pretty salmon pink. Complex aroma of pretty peachy red fruits along with the merest hint of creamy oak influence. Rounded, very creamy in the mouth. Tastes surprisingly soft, almost flabby. Gentle tannins. Quite long but for me it lacks a backbone of freshness. Have I missed something? Packaging very ornate. (JH)

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 Li Yong Liú, Wine Merchant (China)  tasted  2 wines  from  Kanonkop . In a tasting of  24 wines 

“Kanonkop Pinotage 1995 / Deep, ruby colour. Lovely open nose showing the transition phase of the wine from the first life to the second one. Still lovely fresh and delicious floral red berry nose with Asian spices and seductive oak aromas. On the other hand the earthy aromas with truffles are giving an indication of the development. Medium-bodied, intense and concentrated palate with satin-like texture. Crisp acidity, velvety tannins and refined fruit flavours are combined with elegant spiciness and oak flavours. A lingering long mineral finish. 92 points ”

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