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Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition 2015 winners

Results of the 19th annual Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition were announced today. There were 154 entries in total and the winners are as follows: Altydgedacht 2013 Ayama 2013 Diemerdal Reserve 2014 Flagstone Writer’s Block Pinotage 2013 Groot Constantia Pinotage 2013 Kanonkop 2012 Neethlingshof 2014 Overhex Wines International Survivor 2014 Rijk’s Reserve 2011 Windmeul Reserve [...]

August 28, 2015
by Christian
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Kanonkop Pinotage 2003

As winter in Cape Town starts to really bite, a mild lamb and spinach curry for supper was called for. What to pair with it? Feeling in expansive mood, I opted for a bottle of Kanonkop Pinotage 2003. I think Pinotage drunk with curry works well – the great virtue of the variety is its [...]

July 16, 2015
by Christian
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Beeslaar Pinotage 2013

The maiden 2012 vintage of the Pinotage made by Abrie Beeslaar of Kanonkop under his own “Beeslaar” label was rated 94/100 and was one of my top 10 wines of the year. How does the 2013 stack up? According to the official fact sheet, Beeslaar reckons the 2013 has “more finesse” than the 2012 but [...]

May 5, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1996 vs Kanonkop CWG 1997

Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight, as the saying goes, and so when I suggested to Keith Prothero, former investor in Mullineux Family Wines and all-round wine enthusiast, that I would bring a bottle of Kanonkop CWG 1997 to lunch, he countered with Pauillac Second Growth Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1996. Both [...]

April 28, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Muratie Ansela van de Caab 2011

Local Shiraz might be getting all the plaudits at the moment but I think it would be premature to write-off Bordeaux-style red blends just yet – nobody’s going refuse a glass of Kanonkop Paul Sauer or Meerlust Rubicon on principle. Muratie doesn’t enjoy the same stature as the two properties above but its version of [...]

April 7, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Tim James: Not one industry but two

Writing a blog on Grape about hard times for some southern hemisphere wine producers (including a South Africa which has maybe more elements of good news thrown in right now), it struck me, not for the first time, how difficult it is to make generalisations about “the  South African wine industry” – perhaps any wine [...]

March 30, 2015
by Tim James
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Kanonkop Pinotage 1997

Ask professional commentators to nominate their top five South African wine producers and Kanonkop will be there almost without fail. Why? The Pinotage 1997 opened fairly idly last night to go with yoghurt chicken curry is edifying. Forest floor and marmite as you’d expect from a wine 18 years on from vintage but also a [...]

March 21, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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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
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