Kanonkop Pinotage 2018

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  • Tim Atkin scored this wine 94 points – exceptional.
  • Picked from bush vines up 65 years old.
  • One of the worlds finest examples of Pinotage

This is a small slice of South African wine history. The first variety of Pinotage was planted here at Kanonkop in 1941. And the first vintage of this wine was produced in 1973. Beyers Truter who is widely known as “The Prince of Pinotage” joined Kanonkop in 1981. In that time he trialed and initiated the current open tank fermentation process and the practice of shorter punch-downs more regularly. In 1991 Beyers was awarded the Best Winemaker in the World Award at the International Wine and Spirits Competition cementing his reputation on the international stage. 

Abrie Beeslaar then joined Kanonkop in 2002 and took over the reigns in 2003. Not to be outdone by Beyers he has been awarded International Winemaker of the Year at the same competition, not once, but 3 times. He is also the man behind the first South African wine to ever receive 100 points from respected wine critic Tim Atkin. I think this may be timeline may be called historic. 

When tasting this wine you will notice the elegance. It is silky with wild plums and blackberries with a vanilla undertone from that new oak and green freshness. Complex but superb.

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