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 in the direction of the Bottelary Road” and the wine was matured for 17 months in French oak, 50% new. Price per bottle is R250.
It’s magnificent. Enticing aromas of red rather than black fruit, some potpourri and attractive oak spice. Dense on the palate – sturdy but not squat – with excellent fruit purity and the most intricate latticework of tannins. The level of extraction and use of oak really is immaculate and there’s no shortage of freshness.
Flavour-wise, there’s nothing too obvious – some cherry upfront while the finish has a sort of salted-meat savouriness about it but what impresses this wine is its deep sense of vinosity and it should age extremely well. If this is 21st century Pinotage, then game on. To order, email firstname.lastname@example.org