Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2017
By Christian Eedes, 17 July 2020
Does the 2017 vintage surpass 2015 when it comes to the quality of Stellenbosch reds? The Cape Bordeaux red blend that is Paul Sauer has to be the ultimate bellwether and I reckon it’s as intense but more polished than the 2015.
Consisting of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc and 7% Merlot, it was matured for 24 months in French oak, 100% new. The nose shows a hint of reduction before black fruit, some leafiness, vanilla and milk chocolate while the palate is full bodied with plenty of dense, sweet fruit along with coated acidity and smooth tannins. “Flashy” is the word that comes to mind and it’s sure to impress its legions of fans. Price: R700 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 95/100.
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