Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 *Last 2 bottles*

Tasting Notes

Kanonkop has earned its reputation over the years for producing exceptional red wine across its entire portfolio and each new release is always greeted with great fanfare.. We have been waiting with great anticipation for the 2017 Kanonkop Estate Cabernet Sauvignon to come into our market. As a sidebar we weren’t even certain there would be any available for our market, as we were having a hard time getting a definitive answer from our supplier. From the much heralded 2017 vintage this is something to take note of and something that Kanonkop aficionados will definitely want to get a hold of. For those who have an affinity for Cabernet we beg the question of where will you find anything this good at this price point. It may be possible but we ask with assurance that if so it won’t be an easy task. Quantities are extremely limited so as always first come first served.

Winery: Kanonkop
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
SKU: KANCAB2017 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2017



5 Stars 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Cape classic released a year later than Paul Sauer, needing time to show its best. 17 (95 pts) particularly fine, offering immediate complexity, with tobacco/cedar merged into sweetly delicious fruit in the context of youthful austerity & succulent tannins. Powerful, but 14.5% alcohol in balance, & 50% new oak well absorbed. A long, rewarding future assured.

95 pts Tim Atkin MW 2021

The quality of the 2015 Paul Sauer alerted us to the fact that this was a special vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon on the farm and this wine supplies further proof. Sourced from six parcels, it has elegant 50% new wood, violet, liquorice and fynbos aromas, svelte tannins, graphite and blackcurrant leaf flavours and a volatile lift 2024-32

93 + pts Wine Advocate July 2023

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with pleasant red fruit aromas complemented by subtle oak spice. Notes of pencil shavings, graphite, blackberry, plum and dark cherry come through, creating a ripe and juicy nose. The palate is medium to full-bodied and offers balanced tannins with a refined focus on fresh oak spices. The finish is spicy with lingering hints of soft herbs and cigar box flavors. This wine is currently drinking well and has the potential to improve with time. The wine aged for two years in French oak barrels, 50% new. 72,000 bottles produced.

93 pts James Suckling Dec 2021

A ripe, aromatic red with lots of ripe black-fruit aromas, together with bay leaf, tobacco and pinewood. Medium-to full-bodied with an array of fine-grained tannins and bright, fresh fruit components. Long finish with a polished texture. Drinkable now, but better in 2023.

92 pts Vinous Nov 2021

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon has a glorious, feisty bouquet of blackberry, wild strawberry and cassis aromas that burst from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a silky-smooth texture and a cohesive, poised finish that is irresistible. Simply a top-class Cabernet Sauvignon.

92 pts Wine Enthusiast Sept 2021

A sweet-oak overlay graces the nose of this decadent red, expressed in notes of baking spice and raw cocoa atop black cherry and currant fruit. Hints of tilled earth and foot-crushed violets add attractive depth and complexity, though they also suggest promise of more to come as the wood mellows. The palate is tight and firmly structured, with gripping, astringent tannins that need more time to resolve and better coalesce with the fruit. Drink 2026–2031.

Winemaker Notes

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.

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 oak barrels.

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

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