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Kanonkop Estate Black Label Pinotage 2013

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Kanonkop Estate Black Label Pinotage 2013
Stellenbosch, South Africa

This wine is characterised by notes of liquorice, cherry and black fruit, with a touch of exotic spice and a pronounced savouriness to the finish. A big, structured wine with velvety tannins that fills your whole mouth. On the aftertaste different flavours open up and keep guessing on what will follow. Better with red meat or spicy Asian style dishes.

Alc. 14.5%


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97 Points ~ Tim Atkins MW
93 Points ~ Wine Spectator
90 Points ~ Wine Advocate
SA Winemaker of the Year
~ Tim Atkins Reveals 2016
SA Producer of the Year & Int’l Winemaker of the Year
~ IWSC London 2015


Winery Profile

KANONKOP ESTATE – Stellenbosch

The name Kanonkop is derived from a kopje (hillock), from which a cannon was fired in the 17th Century to alert farmers of ships approaching the Cape. Today, Kanonkop is a fourth generation family estate situated on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in the Stellenbosch Region. They have been described by those in the know as the South African equivalent of a Premier Cru or First Growth and their collection of international awards is testament to this success.


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    Kanonkop Black Label Takes World Stage with Release of 2013 Vintage
    Greater international demand for South Africa’s first icon Pinotage, the Kanonkop Black Label, has led to increased production of this single-vineyard wine made on the famous Stellenbosch Estate. The latest release of the Black Label, that of the 2013 vintage, sees 3 500 bottles of this wine entering the market, up from 1 500 bottles of the cult wine’s maiden 2006 vintage.
    According to Johann Krige, co-owner of Kanonkop Estate, the demand for the Black Label Pinotage in Europe, the Far East and America had outstripped initial projections he had for this single-vineyard wine.

    “Since introducing the Black Label into the market in 2009 with the 2006 vintage, the wine has massed an enthusiastic international following,” says Krige. “Being Pinotage, I initially expected the demand to come from South Africa’s fine wine lovers and collectors. But it would appear that international buyers are keenly looking for exclusive, higher-priced South African wines and over the past few years we have just not been able to meet this demand.”
    A decision was made to use more fruit from the single Pinotage vineyard, planted on Kanonkop in 1953, for the Black Label’s selection process, the result being 3 500 bottles of the 2013 vintage.

    “I can only hope that the Black Label has contributed to the current perception among the international wine fraternity that South Africa is capable of creating quality brands that are desirable and that can command top prices,” says Krige.
    Abrie Beeslaar, Kanonkop cellar master, says that the age of the vines and the meagre yields lead to immense vintage variety in the Black Label. “The vintage variety definitely adds to this wine’s appeal,” says Beeslaar. “The just-released 2013 vintage is characterised by notes of liquorice, cherry and black fruit, with a touch of exotic spice and a pronounced savouriness to the finish. And as the previous vintages have shown, this wine really starts hitting its straps after five years in the bottle as it gains complexity and added depth.”

    Each year’s Kanonkop Black Label is made to a tried-and-tested method based on simplicity and minimum intervention, says Beeslaar. “The fermenting juice was removed from the skins after four days, with malolactic fermentation commencing in stainless steel tanks before being completed in new French oak barrels. Maturation in new wood was done over 18 months, adding to structure and refinement.”

    Beeslaar says that whilst being elegantly drinkable in its youth, it will develop magnificently over the next 20 years.

    Each wine is individually numbered and labelled with a hologram to ensure authenticity.

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