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Kanonkop, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

(2 reviews)

“Dark & brooding 2016 has aristocratically austere edge to its cassis & cigarbox notes & full-flavoured generosity. Absorbs 50% new oak easily”, Platter’s

Grainy tannins compliment its earthy profile, with subtle hints of liquorice on the lengthy finish.

One to tuck away in the cellar.

95pts | Tim Atkin


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Cabernet Sauvignon

LightFull Bodied


The preceding winter was the 3rd dry one in a row, with less rain than the
previous one and warmer day and night temperatures. A warm spring resulted
in early budding. Regular rain showers during flowering and berry set, with
a high presence of pests. The picking season was very dry with limited water
for irrigation, but with cooler nigh-time temperatures during February.
Fermentation took place in open top concrete fermenters at 290C. The cap is
punched down by hand, every 2 hours during fermentation. The juice was
drawn off the skins after 5 days. After malolactic fermentation the wine was
matured for 24 months in 50% new and 50% second fill 225L French Nevers
oak barrels.
Dark and brooding, with intricate aromas of oak spice, black berry coulis,
graphite powder, tilled earth, wet tobacco and chai tea. The palate is luxurious
and utterly elegant, with layered flavours of blackcurrants, morello cherries,
crunchy raspberries and dark coffee beans, all of which are framed against a
sturdy, yet delicate latticework of finely grained tannins. A wine filled with
poise and precision, waiting to unleash the promise of this majestic vintage.
ALC 14.94% | RS 2.7 g/l | TA 6.3 g/l | pH 3.47 | FREE SO2 32 mg/l | TOTAL SO2 97 mg/l | VA 0.51 g/l

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Cabernet Sauvignon



Wine Farm



All types of steak
Slow-cooked venison
Braised beef short ribs
Rosemary lamb shanks
Matured hard cheeses

2 reviews for Kanonkop, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

  1. Tim Atkin | 95pts

    “The quality of the 2015 Paul Sauer alerted us to the fact that this was a special vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon on the farm and this wine supplies further proof. Sourced from six parcels, it has elegant 50% new wood, violet, liquorice and fynbos aromas, svelte tannins, graphite and blackcurrant leaf flavours and a volatile lift 2024-32”

    Tim Atkin 2021 SA Report

  2. Platter’s | 95pts

    “Cape classic released a year later than Paul Sauer, needing time to show its best. 2017 particularly fine, offering immediate complexity, with tobacco/cedar merged into the sweetly delicious fruit in the context of youthful austerity & succulent tannins. Powerful, but 14.5% alcohol in balance, & the 50% new oak well absorbed. A long, rewarding future assured, as for all these.”

    Wine tasted by Tim James.

    Platter’s 2022

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