Kanonkop Pinotage 2010


A library release of possibly the worlds most famous Pinotage which showcases the wonderful ability of Pinotage to age gracefully. A complex wine with hints of red fruit flavours which reflect some Pinot Noir-style elegance and structure.

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 and 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.

Kanonkop Estate has been described by those in the know as being the South African equivalent of a Premier Cru or First Growth. International awards accumulated over more than a decade have gone a long way to substantiate these claims.

Fermentation took place in open concrete fermenters at 28°C. The cap was punched manually every two hours and the juice drawn off the skins after three days. Matured for 15 months in 75% new and 25% second-fill 225L French oak barrels.