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Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2012

Collector's item.

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, … [Read more...]

Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2011

The Big Kahuna.

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 … [Read more...]

Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2008

Black is beautiful.

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 … [Read more...]

Vergelegen “V” 2006

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 … [Read more...]