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Bold Elegance of 2020 Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage Reflects Cool Harvest and Optimal Vineyard Health

Kanonkop’s 2020 vintage was characterised by cool summer conditions, the mild temperatures being interspersed with bouts of rain after a relatively warm spring had caused vigorous bud-break and early shoot-development.
“The growing season for the 2020 vintage got cracking at a rate of knots,” says Abrie Beeslaar, Kanonkop cellarmaster who has been making the lauded Black Label Pinotage since the maiden 2006 vintage. “Warm weather during September and October resulted in rapid and even budbreak. From the get-go after the winter dormancy period, all the vineyards showed signs of the 2020 harvest being earlier than the norm, as it turned out to be – about a week earlier than average. Very good rains at the end of October and beginning of November relieved a lot of the stress on the vines, the shoots and leaves developing vigorously. The whole month of November was cooler than usual, and December too was around 20 degrees Celsius cooler than the long-term average.”
Throughout the harvesting period the weather remained very favourable, with relatively warm days, no significant heat waves and cool night-time temperatures. “The conditions caused the vineyards to remain in good health, and this could be seen in the analyses of the juice. The grapes were in immaculate condition with not a spot of rot anywhere,” says Beeslaar. “The grapes from the old Kanonkop Pinotage vineyards arrived at the cellar in tremendously good health, making the vinification process a true joy.”
The Black Label Pinotage is made according to traditional Kanonkop winemaking methods. In open concrete fermenters, skins were manually punched through the fermenting juice every two hours, the wine being drawn-off after three-and-a-half days. After malolactic fermentation the Pinotage is aged in new French oak 225l barrels for 18 months.
Each wine is individually numbered and labelled with a hologram to ensure authenticity.

Platter's Guide 2023 - double strike for Kanonkop

In keeping with the cult status of the Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage, we are pleased to announce that the 2020 vintage has been awarded 5-stars in the Platter's Guide for next year.
This award builds on our ultra-premium offering's track record of consistently being placed at the top of the scale in local and international wine awards and ratings.
The guns did not stop roaring when it was announced that our Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 had also received a coveted 5-star award!
While this type of recognition is critical to our success, the consistency with which it is delivered is even more rewarding. We'd like to thank the entire Kanonkop team for their hard work behind the scenes to make this possible.

Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Cellar Selections 2022

Wine Enthusiast Magazine, an American publication widely regarded as one of the world's leading providers of wine and spirits information, has just published their annual Top 100 Cellar Selections.
We are delighted to announce that our Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2017 has been selected for this prestigious list.
To be considered for this honor, the wines must have been among the top-rated of those identified already as ageable Cellar Selections by their team of reviewers during the blind tastings they conducted throughout the past 12 months.
"Opaque garnet in the glass, this dense, intense and concentrated pour offers assertive aromas of graphite, blackberry, black raspberry, licorice, fennel and tobacco leaf on the nose. This is quit big and bold right now, so try holding for added mellowed maturity and complexity; enjoy afte 2026 and through 2041."

Cellar Door Renovation

The Kanonkop cellar door is nearing completion of its renovation, which includes a wooden deck for additional outdoor seating, a vinoteque, and a private tasting room. The renovation will be finished by the end of the year. Visit us during the holidays to see what we've been up to!
Our Tasting Room is open from:
Monday – Friday: 09h00 – 17h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 15h00
Public Holidays: 10h00 – 16h00
(Closed on Sundays, Christmas Day and New Year's Day)

Kadette Mixed Case Offer

2 x 750ml Kadette Cape Blend 2020
2 x 750ml Kadette Pinotage 2020
2 x 750ml Kadette Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
Normal price R840, now R700. 
Valid until Monday 5th December 2022, or while stocks last. 
No additional Wine Club discount applicable (only 300 x 6 available)

Ladybird Vineyards Merlot 2020 Special Offer

6 x 750ml Ladybird Vineyards Merlot 2020
Normal price R660, now R450 (R75 per bottle). 
Valid until Monday 15th December 2022, or while stocks last. 
No additional Wine Club discount applicable (only 200 x 6 available)
"A medium bodied Merlot with bright red berry, cherry, and plum fruit. The ripe fruit core is well balanced by a lifted acidity, supported by supple ripe tannins A wine made to enjoy young, on its own, or with your favourite meat dish."

Portuguese President receives Kanonkop wine

The South African Ambassador to Portugal presented the President of Portugal with a bottle of Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon last week in Lisbon. Prime Wines, Kanonkop's wine importer for Portugal, supports the President's charities and provided him with the bottle.
As the end of the year draws near, we’d like to take this opportunity to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you for your support. Thank you for choosing Kanonkop and we wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!
Johann & Paul Krige and the rest of the Kanonkop team
021-8844656      |   wine@kanonkop.co.za   |   www.kanonkop.co.za
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