One is inclined to think of the Bordeaux-style red blend that is Paul Sauer from Stellenbosch property Kanonkop as the epitome of elegance and restraint but the 2013 is a bit of a bruiser.
A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 12% Merlot, it was matured in 100% new oak for 24 months and has an alcohol of 14.56%.
On the nose, it shows red, black and blue fruit, some vanilla and milk chocolate plus a hint of reduction while the palate is rich and smooth textured, not entirely short of freshness, the tannins still very firm. Plenty of weight and substance but perhaps at the expense of finesse. Port2Port price: R490 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 89/100.
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