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, winemaker at Kanonkop in Stellenbosch, says 2012 was tricky – there was 30% less rain during the preceding winter placing stress on the vineyards. He goes on to say, however, that the Black Label vineyard is “tough” and able to handle all kinds of weather conditions. Which poses the question: do old vines over-perform in difficult years?
On the nose, red and black fruit, some floral character, a hint of banana loaf, a trace of chocolate. Ripe, rich and full. Broad with moderate acidity and firm but not astringent tannins. A really long finish. Individual in a word, and presuming you’re good for the R1 250 a bottle, well worth it.