Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
By Christian Eedes, 7 November 2019
The Cape Bordeaux-style Paul Sauer 1994 is currently topical, as prominent international critic Neal Martin recently rated it 95 points, although I thought it a little too overtly herbal, even minty, to warrant quite so high a score. I much preferred the Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 – cassis, violets, a certain leafiness plus sea breeze and the vaguest hint of undergrowth on the nose while the palate appears lean in the best way (alcohol: 13.5%) with pure fruit and fresh acidity, the tannins still grippy. Supremely elegant, I rated this 94/100.
A wine which will forever have a special place in my heart is the Pinotage 2011, as this was one of the (many) bottles consumed after the Springboks victory of the rugby world cup final. This was being poured from magnums at the function and it really is something special – the nose shows red and black cherry, rose and spice with just a hint of earth in the background while the palate is remarkably intact with great fruit expression, nicely integrated acidity and tannins that are just starting to mellow. Rating: 94/100.