Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2021

Tasting Notes

Deep purple in colour, with a concentrated explosion of red and black cherries, vanilla, dark chocolate, and sweet spice. The palate provides additional complex notes of red roses, cured meats and coffee grinds and a lifted finish. The perfect balance and refreshment and complexity – iron fist in a velvet glove!

Winery: Kanonkop
Varietal: Pinotage
SKU: KANBLAPIN2021 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Kanonkop Black Label 2021



97 pts Tim Atkin MW 2023
Is this the world’s greatest Pinotage? It’s certainly in the top one, as the English football manager, Brian Clough, used to joke. Sourced from a 70-year-old vineyard of 3.9 hectares, it’s an intense, focused, concentrated red that handles its new French oak easily, showing layers of blueberry, wild strawberry and liquorice, lots of energy and succulent, polished tannins. 2024-37

5 Stars 2024 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Standout expression of old-vine pinotage, testimony to varietal’s potential. Arresting blackcurrant & smoke fragrance on 21 (96 pts), succulent fruit & flawless dry finish. Dense, compact core soaks up all-new oak, 18 months, adding to already powerful, layered grape tannins, enhancing the whole’s stateliness. Like siblings, for decade-plus cellaring.

Winemaker Notes

Warmer periods during the latter part of the winter resulted in some un-even budding, flowering and fruit set. The moisture levels in the soils were satisfactory throughout the growing and ripening phase, and very little moisture stress was noticeable on the vines. The late start to the 2021 harvest was one of the distinguishing hallmarks of this vintage. The cooler growing conditions of the 2021 vintage produced elegant wines with softer tannin structures that will make them accessible and drinkable from an earlier age.

Fermentation took place in open top concrete fermenters. The floating skins were punched down by hand, every 2 hours during fermentation. The juice was drawn off the skins after 3.5 days. After malolactic fermentation the wine was matured for 18 months in 100% new 225L French Nevers oak barrels.

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