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Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2013

The Black Label Pinotage 2013 from Kanonkop in Stellenbosch brooks no dissent. From a 61-year-old vineyard, it spent 20 months in French oak, 100% new. Total production: 3 500 bottles, price per bottle R1 350. It’s a monumental wine with dark fruit (cherry but also blackberry) as well as spice, earth, tar and raw oak. [...]

November 6, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 5 Comments

Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2012

The 2012 vintage of Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage (always from one particular block planted in 1953) is the most compelling to date and seems to show the greatest differentiation from the “standard” bottling of the same year. Abrie Beeslaar, winemaker at Kanonkop in Stellenbosch, says 2012 was tricky – there was 30% less rain during [...]

November 7, 2013
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2011

While I’m broadly tolerant of biodynamics in that it promotes greater sensitivity to grape growing and winemaking, I think the lunar tasting calendar is pushing it. Even so, I found the four vintages of Black Label Pinotage on show at Kanonkop last night particularly earthy and tannic, far more so than I recall the wine [...]

November 29, 2012
by Christian
with 6 Comments

Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2008

Last night an informal vertical tasting of all the vintages to date of Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage, viz. 2006, 2007 and the recently released 2008. The 2006 is a brooding monster way off drinking at its best, the 2007 quite Pinot Noir-like and already accessible although will no doubt reward further ageing, while the 2008 [...]

April 19, 2011
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Vergelegen “V” 2006

This week sees the launch of the 2006 vintage of Vergelegen “V”, the ultra-premium offering from the Somerset West farm owned by mining house Anglo American. The wine is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot, and spent 24 months in French oak, 100% new. Alcohol by volume 14.25%, residual [...]

November 3, 2010
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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