Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 2021

Tasting Notes

39% Pinotage, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot

Crimson red in colour, with complimenting aromas of raspberries, dark cherries, black plums, cinnamon, and all spice. Supple, elegant tannins supported by fresh acidity which is balanced with an explosion of fruit on the palate. Juicy flavours of red and black fruits, and a hint of chocolate, all which lingers on the finish.

Ageing potential – 5 to 7 years from vintage.

Winery: Kanonkop
Varietal: Red Blend
SKU: KANKADCAP2021 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 2021



91 pts Tim Atkin MW 2023
Hats off to a winery that makes nearly two million bottles of a red of this quality. Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon based, with the remaining 31% made u of Merlot and splashes of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it’s floral, smooth and refined, with a kiss of oak, blackcurrant leaf and summer pudding flavours and supple tannins. 2023-29

4 Stars 2024 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Pleasing balance of fleshly fruit, freshness & tailored dry finish elevate 21 (88 pts) over 20 (86 pts). 39% pinotage gives that tell-tale lift; merlot, cab & dabs cab franc & petit verdot add dark berry character; year older oak in support.

88 pts Wine Advocate Dec 2023
A blend of 39% Pinotage, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2021 Kadette Cape Blend begins with a red-fruited, dusty element and an open-knit, uncomplicated expression. Medium to full-bodied, it’s a straightforward red blend that delivers nicely for the price. A million bottles were produced after the wine rested in used French oak. 2023-2027

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 at 280C. The floating skins were punched down mechanically, every 2 hours during fermentation. The juice was drawn off the skins after 3 – 5 days. After malolactic fermentation the wine was matured for 12 months in 2nd and 3rd fill 225L French Nevers oak barrels.

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