Kanonkop, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
“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.
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.
WINEMAKING / MATURATION
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
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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