The Black Label Pinotage from Kanonkop in Stellenbosch is now firmly established as one of South Africa’s most credible ultra-premium red wines but how far off is the standard-label version from the same property?
Whereas Black Label 2017 (reviewed here) sells for R1870 a bottle, the 80 000-bottle, the standard label of the same vintage is available at R390 a bottle and very smart it is, too.
Matured for 16 months in French oak, 80% new, the nose shows red and black cherry and plums to go with musk, vanilla and spice plus a little banana loaf. The palate is extremely flavourful and very well balanced with pure fruit, punchy acidity and fine tannins (alcohol: 14.32%). It’s polished in the best sense and sure to appeal to a wide range of wine enthusiasts.
Editor’s rating: 93/100.
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