“Will be great drinking by 2000,” says the 1998 edition of Platter’s of the Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 1995. Better to have taken your cue from the wine’s back label which suggests optimal drinking anytime from 2002 until 2011.
Over lunch yesterday, it showed intense red and black fruit, while the tannins which were obviously ripe to start with are now perfectly evolved so that each sip was almost unbearably sensuous. Powerful but adroit, I suspect that it‘s reached full maturity but won’t go into real decline for a good few years yet.
An excellent bottle and the more I drink Kanonkop, the more I’m convinced it is South Africa’s greatest property. If rumours that Klein Constantia went for R220 million are true, what price would it fetch if it ever came to market?