‘Stake your marker in the allocation queue nice and early as this iconic wine seems to sell out faster and faster every year. This of course is the reward for a proven pedigree and quality track record.’ – Greg Sherwood MW, 97/100
The Paul Sauer needs no introduction and the 2018 is a classical and elegant release from South Africa’s most-lauded producer – Kanonkop.
One cannot but admire the consistent quality and vintage expression of the Paul Sauer. Its track record is second to none, and we know that it has become more sought-after with each new release. The huge demand coupled with its limited availability make this one of the most anticipated releases on the wine calendar.
‘Like all truly great Bordeaux blends, this has the finesse and textural harmony to drink on release but also the intensity and gravitas to age effortlessly for 20 to 30+ years.’ – Greg Sherwood MW, 97/100
Immediately, the 2018 Paul Sauer offers its trademark dark cherry and cassis with deep, opulent fruit and a fresh acidity, adding energy and balancing the cloak of well-judged oak. It’s suave and seamless, with finesse from start to finish.
The 2018 vintage is characterised by nicely resolving tannins, hinting at an earlier plateau for drinking pleasure, yet from experience, we know these mature well and last decades. The 2018 is no different with ‘the intensity and gravitas to age effortlessly for 20 to 30+ years‘ according to Master of Wine Greg Sherwood.
Kanonkop, Paul Sauer 2018
‘The 2018 Paul Sauer is a classical blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc from vines averaging 30 years of age grown on dryland vineyards of Decomposed Granite and Hutton and Clovelly soils. Vibrant and ruby / purple, the wine almost glows in the glass with inviting promise. At this youthful stage, the Cabernet Sauvignon component shines through strongly revealing a generally dark, broody, black fruited demeanour embellished with subtle notes of saline crème de cassis, star anise, lead pencil shavings, dried violets, and signature nuances of freshly tilled earth, buttered brown toast and hints of breakfast espresso. In the mouth, the palate shows gorgeous elegance, purity and fruit focus with the most fine-grained filigree tannins, soothingly generous black berry fruits and delicious mouth-watering acids. This wine is precision personified showing such effortless grace and harmony together with a measured power and intensity. The 2018 is certainly a very classically schooled expression that waltzes across the palate without ever putting a foot out of place. Like all truly great Bordeaux blends, this has the finesse and textural harmony to drink on release but also the intensity and gravitas to age effortlessly for 20 to 30+ years.’ – Greg Sherwood MW, 97/100