Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2019

Tasting Notes

Winery: Kanonkop
Varietal: Red Blend
SKU: KANPAU2019 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2019



98 pts Tim Atkin MW 2022

This brilliant red blend – now part of the Cape’s elite – comes from the same trio of vineyards each year. A triumph in a difficult vintage, it has the lowest alcohol since 1993 and artfully combines Cabernet Sauvignon with 14% Cabernet Franc and 11% Merlot, with ageing in new oak. Poised, structured, yet fresh, with cedarwood, red cherry and blackberry fruit, elegant tannins and a long, balanced finish. Classy stuff. 2025-35

96 pts Winemag.co.za July 2022

A triumph, surpassing for me both the much-celebrated 2015 and 2017 vintages. Consisting of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc and 11% Merlot, it was matured for 24 months in 100% new oak but you hardly notice. Haunting aromatics of red and black berries, tea leaf, violets, fresh herbs and the merest hint of oak spice while the palate has lovely fruit purity, bright acidity and fine tannins. Very tight with great refinement and poise, it gives the sense of being able to age for decades.

91 pts Wine Spectator Web Only – 2023

A balanced, medium- to full-bodied red, revealing ripe boysenberry, black licorice and candied violet notes mixed with charred toast, tangy orange peel and red currant flavors. Well-spiced and fresh, with chalky tannins firming the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best from 2025 through 2029. 3,500 cases made, 150 cases imported.

Winemaker Notes

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot

The carry-over effect of the previous three year’s drought is still visible in this vintage, despite the higher rainfall during the season. The resulting crop was smaller, but of high quality. Despite the relative low water stress, the cool weather contributed to smaller berries and less irrigation was needed this growing season.

Fermented in open top concrete fermenters at 290C. The floating skins were 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 100% new 225L French Nevers oak barrels.

The saturated ruby colour is complemented by a dense and interwoven complexity of tilled earth, nutmeg, bouquet garni, with classic cedar and red and black fruits. The wine remains classic, refined, with an elegant structure. The tannins are precise, and together with the clever use of new oak, creates the perfect backdrop to host the complex fruit spectrum. A long, and youthful finish.

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