Kanonkop Pinotage 2019

Tasting Notes

Winery: Kanonkop
Varietal: Pinotage
SKU: KANPIN2019 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Kanonkop Pinotage 2019



95 pts Winemag June 2021

Matured for 16 months in French oak, 80% new. The aromatics are captivating with a top notes of flowers and fynbos before red and blackberries, dark chocolate, banana bread, and baking spice. The palate shows excellent depth but also poise – great fruit definition, fresh acidity, and fine tannins, the finish long and dry. Alcohol is 14.95% but this is extremely focused and not too lush.

4 ½ Stars 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Finer, more refined aromas than Kadette version, subtly spicy & scrubby. 19 (94 pts) dense more than heavy, fresher than 14.5% alcohol & 100% new wood suggest – beautifully balanced & lively, with characteristic sweet fruit but a fairly dry finish.

94 pts Tim Atkin MW 2021

It’s no mean feat to make 75,000 bottles of a Pinotage of this quality, which expresses all of the good things about the variety and none of its weaknesses. Rich, supple and violet scented, with glossy tannins, fine 80% new oak and succulent strawberry and blackberry fruit. 2023-30

92 pts Decanter May 2021

Very expressive, youthful nose of dense bramble, smoky tobacco and sweeter fruit pastille hints. A chocolatey, creamy texture coats the full-bodied palate which shows black and blue berries, a generous dusting of vanilla and cinnamon oak spicing and a tart red fruit freshness. Ripe, supple and long with a broad raspy tannin structure. 2022 – 2029

Winemaker Notes

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

Fermented in open top concrete fermenters at 280C. The floating skins were punched down by hand, every 2 hours during fermentation. The juice was drawn off the skins after 3 days. After malolactic fermentation the wine was matured for 16 months in 80% new and 20% second fill 225L French Nevers oak barrels.

Vibrant aromas of blueberries, ripe plums, black cherries, cinnamon and vanilla on the nose. The palate is sultry and luxurious, with densely packed flavours of berry compote, wild bramble, plum tart and spicy Christmas cake. Ripe tannins are beautifully intertwined between the layers of fruit, adding a dense and broad texture to the wine. The subtle spicy tones and plush black cherry flavours on the lingering finish completes a very elegant and age worthy wine.

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