Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Located furthest north on the African continent lies the Stellenbosch area. This is at the very heart of the South African wine making region. Most of the African continent is to warm for the growth and production of suitable grapes for wine production, but here the climate is just right. Situated at the bottom of the Simonsberg mountain lies one of the worlds most famous South African wine estates; the Kanonkop Estate.

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Pasted down from father to son for over 40 years, the Kanonkop Estate is currently in the hands of Paul and Johann Krige who are fourth generation of family owners. With as much as 100 hectares of land under vine, the winery is one of the largest quality wine producers in the area. The Kanonkop Estate are best known for their Cabernet and Pinotage wines, who has received several global awards over the past years. A combination of a cool sea breeze and warm climate makes the area well suited for grape growing. 

The name Kanonkop comes from a Kopje (hillock) where a cannon was fired in the 17th century to alert farmers of the arrival of ship merchants who traveled between Europe and the Far East.



Kanonkop only grows red wine grapes, with 50% of the vineyards grown with Pinotage, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot. The rest is Cabernet Franc.

After harvest, the wine are fermented in open concrete vats, slightly modified so they are wider and more shallow, this to ensure maximum skin contact. The wine is then put on new French oak.



Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

A ripe bouquet of blackberries and crushed black currant leafs, with hints of green peppers, leather and vanilla. The wine has a smooth yet gripping mouthfeel, with a pulsating and mouth coating finish.

Pairs with: Beef, lamb and game

Drink: 8-10 years

Producer: Kanonkop Estate

Country: South Africa

Region: Stellenbosch

Marius has worked in several parts of the wine business for the last 16 years. He is currently working as a Category Coordinator for wine and spirits in the Travel Retail business. He is also a part of a tasting panel for the financial newspaper in Norway and writes articles and lectures in his spare time.Marius has a huge passion and dedication for the wine and spirits industry. He is a certified Sommelier and is currently undertaking the WSET Diploma in wines and spirits education.