6 bottle pack.
Situated in Stellenbosch, Kanonkop is considered to be the South African equivalent of a Premier Cru or First Growth. Since their first vintage in 1973, they have consistently produced some of South Africa’s most famous premium and long-lived wines in both their flagship Bordeaux-blend, Paul Sauer, and their single varietal wines.
This year marks 50 years since the first Kanonkop bottled wine was released in 1973 – a Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon. While just a blink in the eye of the world’s wine history, the half-century mark is something only a handful of South African wineries can lay claim to. So, we've had a look in the Handford cellars and put together a mixed case comprising three of the past few Kanonkop vintages. Definitely one for the South African wine lovers.
You get two bottles each of:
Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 – A deep, broody exotic expression of Cabernet Sauvignon with plenty of perfumed violets, bruleed black berries, crème de cassis and a pleasing note of mocha and vanilla pod spice. Good to drink now, but will age well for 20+ years. Tim Atkin gave this 95 pts.
Kanonkop Paul Sauer Blend 2018 – A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 15% Cabernet, this has notes of crème de cassis, star anise, lead pencil shavings, dried violets and nuances of freshly tilled earth. Elegance, purity and fruit focus with the most fine grained tannins. Tim Atkin gave this 96 pts.
Kanonkop Paul Sauer Blend 2019 – With more Cabernet Sauvignon than per usual (75%) and 14% Cabernet Franc and 11% Merlot. The saturated ruby colour is complemented by a dense and interwoven complexity of tilled earth, nutmeg, bouquet garni, with classic cedar and red and black fruits. Tannins are precise and create the perfect backdrop to host the complex fruit spectrum. Tim Atkin gave this 98 pts.