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Flechas de Los Andes Gran Corte 2004 vs Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2004 vs Alter Ego 2004

The three stooges.

Yesterday  a shoot-out between Argentina, South Africa and France and the wines all played true to type. Flechas de Los Andes is a partnership between the Rothschilds and Laurent Dassault of Saint-Émilion, the vineyards 120km south of Mendoza. The … [Read more...]

Cos d’Estournel 2003

Top gun.

Who’s shaping the debate when it comes to wine quality in South Africa? Wine magazine ceased publishing in September 2011 and Platter’s is surely at some kind of crossroads (it’s disconcerting that the 2007 vintage of Vin de Constance from Klein … [Read more...]

Beeslaar Pinotage 2012


Abrie Beeslaar, winemaker at esteemed Stellenbosch property Kanonkop, now has his own label with the maiden release being a Pinotage from the 2012 vintage. He explains the origin of the grapes as being “a property about two kilometres from Kanonkop … [Read more...]

Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2009 vs. 2010

What a difference a year makes.

Earlier this year, Kanonkop became the first winery in the world to win best blended red wine for the fourth time at the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition with the 2009 vintage of Paul Sauer – a wine I was responsible for rating … [Read more...]

Kanonkop Paul Sauer 40 2007

Party on.

The first commercial bottling from Kanonkop was a Cabernet Sauvignon 1973 which means this great Stellenbosch property celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. By way of commemoration, the Paul Sauer 40 2007, a barrel selection of the standard … [Read more...]

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...]