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Kanonkop Estate Wine

Pinotage




CONCENTRATED & COMPLEX


Kanonkop Estate is known for making one of the very best Pinotage wines in South Africa. The vines are kept in "bush" style (small shrubs), and some of the plants are over 50 years old. The castle uses no irrigation on the bush vines. The yield is therefore as low as 37 hl. pr. ha. It gives an unusually concentrated and complex red wine, a little violent at first in the aroma, but with a very delicious aftertaste and with really nice harmony.


KONCENTRERET & KOMPLEKS


Kanonkop Estate er kendt for at lave en af de allerbedste Pinotage vine i Sydafrika. Vinstokkene er holdt i ”bush”-stil (små buske), og nogle af planterne er over 50 år gamle. Slottet bruger ingen vanding på bush-vinstokkene. Udbyttet er derfor helt nede på 37 hl. pr. ha. Det giver en usædvanligt koncentreret og kompleks rødvin, lidt voldsom først i duften, men med et meget lækker eftersmag og med virkelig flot harmoni.



FACTS


Country: South Africa

Region: Stellenbosch

Winery: Kanonkop Estate Wine

Year: 2016

Type: Red

Grapes: Pinotage

Alcohol: 14,5%

Aging: Oak barrels

Closure: Cork

Winemaking: Traditional


ABOUT THE WINERY


KANONKOP ESTATE WINE


Kanonkop Estate is located near Simonsbjerg in Stellenbosch in the middle of the area that is considered the best for red wines in South Africa. The name "Kanonkop" comes from the fact that in the 17th century there was a cannon on top of a slope on the property ("kopje" from the Dutch mountain top), which was fired when European ships sailed past Table Bay, on their way to Cape Town. The farmers in the area were in this way aware that they had to load the ox carts with their products to sell them to the crew of the ships, which after several months at sea, were especially wild for vegetables and fruits.


Kanonkop Estate ligger nær Simonsbjerg i Stellenbosch midt i det område, der betragtes som det bedste til rødvine i Sydafrika. Navnet ”Kanonkop” kommer af, at der i det 17. årh. fandtes en kanon på toppen af en skråning på ejendommen (”kopje” fra det hollandske bjergtop), som blev affyret når europæiske skibe sejlede forbi Table Bay, på vej til Cape Town. Landmændene i området var på denne måde klar over, at de skulle læsse oksevognene med deres produkter for at sælge dem til mandskabet på skibene, som efter flere måneder på havet, især var vilde efter grøntsager og frugt.


General grape descriptions



Pinotage


South Africa’s own hearty red was created in 1925 and is a cross between Cinsault and Pinot Noir. Oddly enough, Pinotage is bolder than both its progenitors.