Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2013
By Christian Eedes, 6 November 2014
The Black Label Pinotage 2013 from Kanonkop in Stellenbosch brooks no dissent. From a 61-year-old vineyard, it spent 20 months in French oak, 100% new. Total production: 3 500 bottles, price per bottle R1 350.
It’s a monumental wine with dark fruit (cherry but also blackberry) as well as spice, earth, tar and raw oak. It has huge fruit concentration offset by fresh acidity and seriously grippy tannins – loads of power without being crass. Definitely possesses more grunt than the acclaimed 2012.