Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage 2020

Tasting Notes

Winery: Kanonkop
Varietal: Pinotage
SKU: KANKADPIN2020 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage 2020



92 pts Tim Atkin MW 2022

Like the Kadette Pinotage, this is a very impressive red, especially given its volume and price tag. Made with a 65/35 split of purchased and home-grown grapes, it has graceful tannins, nuanced oak and cassis, bramble and dried herb flavours. Textbook stuff. 2022-27

90 pts Wine Enthusiast ‘Best Buy’ Nov 2023

Light notes of eucalyptus and oak spice mingle on the nose and reappear on the fresh palate. Nicely balanced by good acidity and concentrated fruit flavors, this Pinotage is smooth and finishes with notes of tobacco.

4 Stars Platter’s South Wine Guide

Dark berries & a hint of banana on bright, sweet-fruited & juicy but dry enough 20 (88 pts). Broad, smooth tannin structure makes for early drinkability, but certainly no hurry here.

Winemaker Notes

This wine features the classic characteristics of South Africa’s famous home-grown grape variety. Autumnal, juicy dark fruit is complemented by an enticing savoury character with just a hint of underlying sweetness. Ageing in used French oak barrels produces a lean, muscular structure and supple tannins.

The preceding winter had sufficient rain and cold units. Throughout the harvesting period the weather remained favourable, with relatively warm days, no significant heatwaves and cool night temperatures.
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 days. After malolactic fermentation the wine was matured for 12 months in 2nd and 3rd fill 225L French Nevers
oak barrels.
Attractive deep plum, with scented aromas of red currants, black cherry, strawberry confit and nutmeg and wood spice. The palate is medium-full bodied and opulent, with finely textured tannins and flavours of red pastille sweets, bright cherries and a hint of nutmeg oak spice and dark chocolate. The acidity is in balance with the fruit and wood components, and adds a sparkle of freshness to the red and black fruit flavours on the finish.

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1 review for Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage 2020

  1. Tom Minter

    My wife and I visited Kanonkop winery in September 2023. We really enjoyed this wine (and others) and are delighted that we have access to it after returning home in the USA. It is an excellent pinotage.

    • Libby G

      Libby G

      Glad to hear you had a great winery visit and are enjoying Kanonkop wines, one of our best selling Pinotage’s 🙂

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