4 ½ Stars 2019 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Masterly 14 (94 pts)’s immediate sensual appeal of tobacco-seamed cassis deepens into more cerebral, tightly packed dark & subtly spiced fruit, finely honed form from seamless marriage of ripe grape tannins & 50% new oak. Will reward a decade-plus cellaring.
94 pts Tim Atkin MW 2018
91 pts Wine Spectator Jan 2019
Mature, offering subtle mint, tobacco and singed alder notes mingling with gently mulled black currant and plum fruit flavors. The long, fine-grained tannins hold the finish until a mineral hint checks in at the very end.
91 pts Winemag.co.za April 2019
The Cabernet Sauvignon from Kanonkop in Stellenbosch has a reputation for being immensely age-worthy and you again expect that the 2014 will go for jonks.
From vines that are 25 years old on average, maturation lasted 24 months in French oak, 50% new. The nose shows dark fruit, mint, graphite, molasses and a slight rubber-like note. The palate is sweet, rich and smooth textured and yet somehow not short of vibrancy. It’s intensely flavoured and basically gives the impression of being indestructible. Alcohol: 14.2%.
90 pts Wine Advocate Oct 2019
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon offers a rich nose with a dark-fruited core of blackberries, dark plum, cassis and soft oak spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, with a focused and dusty minerality. Full-bodied on the palate, the wine is packed with juicy and rustic dark fruit and subtle, integrated oak tones that linger through the mid-palate. It’s a quality-minded wine with precise, focused balance and a long finish. 2019 – 2030
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
A full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with a deep ruby red colour. Aromas of cassis, cranberry and cedar wood follows through to the palate, which is further complimented by additional characters of pencil shavings, red cherry and some savoury spice. Beautiful balance between acidity, oak and the integrated ripe tannins.
This wine will benefit from further bottle ageing for up to 20 years from vintage.
The Stellenbosch region produced an exceptional harvest in 2014 with regards to yield and quality, together with one of the wettest seasons we had in years. Extreme high water supply during the cell division phase, good climate conditions during flowering and berry set as well as the absence of damaging winds, all contributed to good yields.
Overall, juice recoveries were higher than usual, grape analyses were acceptable and maturity was reached at lower sugar levels. Despite higher yields, the red wines were elegant and of exceptional quality, with beautiful colours.