In typical Kadette style this has an assortment of engaging red berry, cherry and plum fruit flavors that are accentuated with a touch of spice adding a savory note to the core of sweet fruit. Finishing dry, the tannins are firm enough to give good supporting structure without excessive grip making this something you can drink now but will hold up nicely over the course of the next several years. Even though this may be the farm’s entry level wine, as with all wines from Kanonkop this will not disappoint.
91 pts vinous Feb 2021
The 2018 Kadette Cape Blend comprises 37% Pinotage, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, matured for 12–24 months in French barrels from Nevers. The bouquet offers a mixture of red and black plums, a touch of white pepper and a light Provençal herb note. It opens nicely with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannins and crisp acidity that lends an appealing edginess. A little earthy in style, but the fruit comes through toward the finish and leaves residues of black pepper and tangy seaweed on the finish. This is a supremely well made Cape Blend from Kanonkop.
90 pts Tim Atkin MW January 2021
You can only applaud a winery – especially one as famous as Kanonkop – that makes 1.7 million bottles of a wine of this quality. Dominated by Pinotage, with the remaining 67% made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it’s a floral, textured, well-structured cuvee with notes of mint and dried herbs and a core of cassis and raspberry fruit.
Blend: 37% Pinotage, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
The bright ruby color of this wine is complimented on the nose by attractive aromas of red currants, cherries, spice and a touch of mocha. The palate is lively and fresh, with succulent raspberry flavors. The fruit is supported by a firm, yet silky tannin structure. Savory notes persist on the lengthy finish.
Chill it down for a refreshing summer drink with seafood, or serve at room temperature when paired with pizza, pasta, stews, roast chicken and barbecued meat.