Kanonkop Wine Estate (Stellenbosch)
JW Sauer originally bought Kanonkop. At the time, he was a cabinet member in the parliament of the Union of South Africa. His grand-daughter Mary Sauer inherited the estate and together with her husband, bottled their first wine in 1973. To this day, there are 54 men and women who contribute to making this estate what it is and reside on the farm. This is an estate well known for its red wines. Pinotage constitutes 50% of all plantings, whilst the Cabernet Sauvignon 35%, Merlot 7.5% and Cabernet franc make up the rest.
It’s best for locals to visit outside of tourist season where you’ll find assistants in the tasting room have great knowledge and enthusiasm about the wines. Cellar master, Abrie Beeslaar, knows how to coax the best from the local grape. The vintage Paul Sauer wins many awards, so this is perhaps one that you would like to try. Beeslaar walked away with International Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London in 2008 and openly boasts about the Kanonkop Black Label. With only 1000 bottles made available, he maintained that those buying it will have just as big an honour as those making it.
To view more wine estates in the region see Bottelary Hills Wine Estates or see South Africa Wine Estates for a general overview and links to other wine producing regions.
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