Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage 2021

Tasting Notes

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.

Winery: Kanonkop
Varietal: Pinotage
SKU: KANKADPIN2021 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Kadette Pinotage



93 pts Tim Atkin MW 2023
Abrie Beeslaar has a firmer handle on Pinotage than any other winemaker in the Cape. This is Kanonkop’s big-volume bottling and it’s delicious at the price. Bramble, strawberry and liquorice flavours are complemented by succulent tannins and spicy, scented oak. 2023-30

89 pts Wine Advocate Dec 2023
Subtly spiced and with aromas of succulent red fruit skin, the 2021 Kadette Pinotage offers delightful potpourri aromas. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is fresh with a balanced structure. It ends with a food-friendly finish and lingering tannic edge. Enjoy with food. After resting a year in used French oak barrels, just over one-third of a million bottles were produced.2023-2029

4 Stars 2024 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Lovely expression of estate’s flagship grape. Clean-cut 21 (88 pts) is vibrant, modern & juicy, neatly dry. Raised year in older oak.

Winemaker Notes

Warmer periods during the latter part of the winter resulted in some un-even budding, flowering and fruit set. Good moisture levels throughout the growing and ripening season. 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 days. After malolactic fermentation the wine was matured for 12 months in 2nd and 3rd fill 225L French Nevers oak barrels.

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.

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