Kanonkop Estate

Pinotage

9.118 ratings
9.15 pro ratings
Stellenbosch, Coastal Region, Western Cape, South Africa
Pinotage
Chili & Hot Spicy, Hard Cheese, Beef, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pork, Venison, Potato, Tomato-Based, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Pasta, Salami & Prosciutto, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Allison Lyzenga

Deep ruby; medium plus intensity aromas of red and black fruit, baking spices, cedar, vanilla, savory smoke, earth; dry, medium plus acid, medium plus tannins, high alcohol, full bodied, pronounced intensity flavors consistent with aromas; long finish, very concentrated, well balanced, very good

Deep ruby; medium plus intensity aromas of red and black fruit, baking spices, cedar, vanilla, savory smoke, earth; dry, medium plus acid, medium plus tannins, high alcohol, full bodied, pronounced intensity flavors consistent with aromas; long finish, very concentrated, well balanced, very good

Feb 19th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Nice of our host Heidi to take us back through some of their older vintages and this 09 Estate was showing beautifully.

Nice soft, ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, blue fruits, raspberries & strawberries. Very soft and understated baking spices, some black licorice, dark rich soil, sweet vanillin, steep fruit tea, light, fresh herbaceous notes, mint and beautiful fresh and withering dark and red florals.

The body is full, juicy lush with soft, rounded, sweet tannins. Beautiful! Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, blue fruits, raspberries, strawberries, hints of purple fruits, very soft and understated baking spices, notes of black licorice, dark rich soil, sweet vanillin, steep fruit tea, light, fresh herbaceous notes, dark spice that has mellowed over 10 years, mint with beautiful fresh and withering dark and red florals. The acidity is excellent. The finish is gorgeous, balanced fruit & earth. It’s delicious ripe with soft dark spice on the long set.

Photos of; the mountains as viewed from their courtyard and where they took their Cellar Door name. The top left plateau is referred to as a Kanonkop. Larger formats in the tasting room, tasting room merchandise and the Kanonkop entrance.

Nice of our host Heidi to take us back through some of their older vintages and this 09 Estate was showing beautifully.

Nice soft, ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, blue fruits, raspberries & strawberries. Very soft and understated baking spices, some black licorice, dark rich soil, sweet vanillin, steep fruit tea, light, fresh herbaceous notes, mint and beautiful fresh and withering dark and red florals.

The body is full, juicy lush with soft, rounded, sweet tannins. Beautiful! Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, blue fruits, raspberries, strawberries, hints of purple fruits, very soft and understated baking spices, notes of black licorice, dark rich soil, sweet vanillin, steep fruit tea, light, fresh herbaceous notes, dark spice that has mellowed over 10 years, mint with beautiful fresh and withering dark and red florals. The acidity is excellent. The finish is gorgeous, balanced fruit & earth. It’s delicious ripe with soft dark spice on the long set.

Photos of; the mountains as viewed from their courtyard and where they took their Cellar Door name. The top left plateau is referred to as a Kanonkop. Larger formats in the tasting room, tasting room merchandise and the Kanonkop entrance.

May 15th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

The nose reveals ripe, floral; blackberries, dark cherries, amazing blue fruits, plum and raspberries. Dark, rich soils, light sweet baking spices, dark spice, clove, black licorice, sweet tarriness, a little rubber toy, amazing, blue, red, dark fresh florals.

The body is near full. Nice soft, cocoa powdery tannins, meaty, tarry & sticky. Ripe, floral; blackberries, dark cherries, amazing blue fruits, plum, raspberries, dark, rich soils, light sweet baking spices, dark spice, clove, black licorice, sweet tarriness, iodine, a little rubber toy, amazing, blue, red, dark fresh florals. The acidity is outstanding. The finish is well balanced fruit & earth. It’s delicious.

Photos of; their Estate vineyard that produces this bottling being ripped up and will be replanted. They just started taking out the vines days before our visit. Their large enclosed concrete tanks, small stainless steel tanks and the entrance to Kanonkop.

The nose reveals ripe, floral; blackberries, dark cherries, amazing blue fruits, plum and raspberries. Dark, rich soils, light sweet baking spices, dark spice, clove, black licorice, sweet tarriness, a little rubber toy, amazing, blue, red, dark fresh florals.

The body is near full. Nice soft, cocoa powdery tannins, meaty, tarry & sticky. Ripe, floral; blackberries, dark cherries, amazing blue fruits, plum, raspberries, dark, rich soils, light sweet baking spices, dark spice, clove, black licorice, sweet tarriness, iodine, a little rubber toy, amazing, blue, red, dark fresh florals. The acidity is outstanding. The finish is well balanced fruit & earth. It’s delicious.

Photos of; their Estate vineyard that produces this bottling being ripped up and will be replanted. They just started taking out the vines days before our visit. Their large enclosed concrete tanks, small stainless steel tanks and the entrance to Kanonkop.

May 15th, 2019
Hemal Patel

Amazing wine with amazing wife

Amazing wine with amazing wife

Jan 5th, 2020
Andy Thomson

Our favourite pinotage. Just beautiful.

Our favourite pinotage. Just beautiful.

Sep 18th, 2018
Petr Jonak

Decanter FWE 2013

Decanter FWE 2013

Dec 22nd, 2016
Matt Perlman

Lithe, sweet fruit. International style that is not consistent with the untamed reputation of the varietal

Lithe, sweet fruit. International style that is not consistent with the untamed reputation of the varietal

Apr 3rd, 2015
Ronnie Sanders

Owner/Importer Vine Street Imports

9.2

Ronnie had this 2 years ago

Ronnie had this 2 years ago

Sep 20th, 2019
Eric Almeida

Eric had this 4 years ago

Eric had this 4 years ago

Feb 3rd, 2018
Alejandro Lopez

Alejandro had this 7 months ago

Alejandro had this 7 months ago

Mar 25th, 2021