After extensive tastings of the 2017 whites and Pinot Noirs, we believe the new Cape vintage could rival the great modern-day 2015 vintage for sheer quality. The 2017 Kanonkop Pinotage is the first of the blue-chip reds to be released and it demonstrates the balance and purity of the vintage.
‘Whilst it was the third year of the Cape drought,’ says winemaker Abrie Beeslaar, ‘the ripening months saw cool nights which allowed for freshness and structure amidst the concentration of colour and flavour produced by the small berries and bunches.’ The 2017 is dramatic and brooding with typical Kanonkop fruit-richness and spice. In fact, it’s not far off the 96-point (Greg Sherwood MW) 2017 Black Label and offers relative value. This is the world pre-release with delivery at the end of April. Why not purchase 12 for the cellar and we’ll send you a complimentary bottle to try now?
Time to invest?
The 2015 Kanonkop Pinotage has appreciated 56% since our pre-release 2 years ago and the 2017 presents a similar investment opportunity. Otherwise, invest in the 2017 Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon in our new Cabernet Investment Portfolio – the CIP 2017. The VIP 2015 index is up 15.6% since August and the CIP 2017 is offered with similar benefits. See here for more information.
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Kanonkop, Pinotage 2017
From an extremely dry and hot growing season, there were tiny yields from the 30 – 65-year-old dryland bush vines. A textbook Stellenbosch Pinotage but with more purity and poise. Fine aromatics and spice lead to mulberry, raspberry and cinnamon. Muscular and structured, hiding notes of bramble, violets, plums and blackberries. Elegant and savoury with a luxurious, lifted finish. Matured for 16 months in 80% new French oak. It needs more time to knit. Drink 2022 – 2037. – Roland Peens (April 2019)