Kanonkop Estate has been described by those in the know as being the South African equivalent of a Premier Cru or First Growth.
International awards accumulated over more than a decade have gone a long way to substantiate these claims.
A Family Tradition Kanonkop is a fourth generation family estate, which was originally purchased by JW Sauer, a cabinet member in the parliament of the Union of South Africa.
His son Paul Oliver Sauer, also a cabinet minister, took over the reins from his father and in 1968 was joined by Springbok rugby great Jan “Boland” Coetzee. Mary Sauer, daughter of Paul Sauer, inherited the Estate. She married Jannie Krige, a rugby administrator at the University of Stellenbosch, who took early retirement and together with Coetzee made the first estate bottled wines in 1973.
Beyers Truter joined the estate in 1980 with the departure of Coetzee, and together with Johann and Paul, sons of Mary and Jannie, continued the traditions developed on this highly prized estate.
More recently Beeslaar, who joined the team in 2002, has taken over from Beyers and continues the good work passed down from generation to generation.
A medium to full bodied red blend of five varieties with a good balance between fruit and oak.
Banana, plum and berry flavours, with lingering spicy finish.
Deep red colour. Blackberry and nutty flavours.
Very classic in style with a long dry finish. A wine that should mature for 8-10 years.
A deep red full bodied Pinotage with complex black and red berry and oak flavours on the palate that will integrate well with bottle age.
A wine that will last at least 8-10 years in the bottle.
Full bodied – deep ruby colour – soft ripe black currant, cassis and berry flavours with spicy new oak undertones.
An elegant, balanced and complex wine made in a classic style with a long dry finish.
Should improve over the next 10 years.