Kanonkop means ‘Cannon Hill” in Dutch, and refers to the place from which cannons were fired when Dutch trade ships arrived at Cape Town harbor. These Stellenbosch-region vineyards (about 250 acres) on this hill are planted on soils of decomposed red granite and clay, and lie at elevations of 600-1200 feet above sea level. The exact location is on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain. For the Kadette red blend, grapes are hand-harvested and then hand-sorted. The grapes are fermented into wine and aged for 12-14 months in French Nevers oak Barriques (2nd and 3rd year barrels), which gives the wine a smooth, aged feel, but not a lot of oaky flavors.
The wine is dry and fairly powerful, with good fruit density and a rich feel. It tastes great with those foods that are high in the “umami” taste, like red meats, mushrooms, aged cheeses, etc.
The wine has a deep ruby, red colour. It shows ripe raspberries, black currant and mocha flavours on the nose and has dark chocolate and blackberry fruit on the palate. This wine has good length with a dry finish and can mature for a further 7-8 years.
|Kanonkop Estate is situated on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in the Stellenbosch Region of the Cape and confidently boasts with some of South Africa’s most premium wines. Kanonkop is a fourth generation family estate, which was originally purchased by JW Sauer, a cabinet member in the parliament of the Union of South Africa. This estate has since then been handed down from father to son for over 40 years and is now in the talented, capable hands of its current owners Paul & Johann Krige. Kanonkop The name Kanonkop was derived from a kopje (hillock), from which a cannon was fired in the 17th Century to alert farmers in outlying areas that sailing ships plying the waters between Europe and the Far East had entered Table Bay for a stopover at Cape Town.|