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Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
75cl * 14.5% ABV * Stellenbosch, South Africa
Kanonkop Estate is a South African red wine producer located on the low slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains, between Stellenbosch and Paarl. Simonsberg is known as the "red wine bowl" of South Africa, with long summer days, cooling sea breezes and ideal soils for red wine varieties. Kanonkop regard themselves as the equivalent of a First Growth or Premier Cru in Bordeaux, and not without justification. This 2018 vintage is shaping up to be another classic Bordeaux blend with huge aging potential.
The saturated ruby red colour is complimented by an array of scents typically associated with the Paul Sauer range of wines – fresh herbs, tilled earth, pencil shavings, spice and red and black fruits. While being heady and perfumed, the wine remains classic and refined, with an elegant structure. The tannins are precise, and together with the clever use of new oak, create the perfect backdrop to host the complex fruit spectrum. The finish is sappy and spicy, with layered notes of red fruits and cured meats on the long, youthful finish.
Greg Sherwood MW:- The 2018 Paul Sauer is a classical blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc from vines averaging 30 years of age grown on dryland vineyards of Decomposed Granite and Hutton and Clovelly soils. Vibrant and ruby / purple, the wine almost glows in the glass with inviting promise. At this youthful stage, the Cabernet Sauvignon component shines through strongly revealing a generally dark, broody, black fruited demeanor embellished with subtle notes of saline crème de cassis, star anise, lead pencil shavings, dried violets and signature nuances of freshly tilled earth, buttered brown toast and hints of breakfast espresso. In the mouth, the palate shows gorgeous elegance, purity and fruit focus with the most fine grained filigree tannins, soothingly generous black berry fruits and delicious mouth-watering acids. This wine is precision personified showing such effortless grace and harmony together with a measured power and intensity. The 2018 is certainly a very classically schooled expression that waltzes across the palate without ever putting a foot out of place. Like all truly great Bordeaux blends, this has the finesse and textural harmony to drink on release but also the intensity and gravitas to age effortlessly for 20 to 30+ years.
(Wine Safari Score: 97/100 Greg Sherwood MW)
Drink to 2040+ with all roast meats, steak, casseroles and matured cheeses.