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Kanonkop Pinotage 2015

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Crafted from the grapes of some of South Africa’s oldest Pinotage vines, this benchmark bottling is a true Cape classic! Charmingly complex and distinctive, it boasts succulent layers of dark berries, cassis and plum intertwined with hints of banana and mocha and a smoky, minerally undercurrent.


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Kanonkop is situated on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in Stellenbosch. The vineyards range between 197 and 395 feet above sea level. The majority of the vineyards are situated on southwest-facing slopes, considered the most favorable aspect for vines in the Cape. The soils are predominantly red decomposed granite with a high clay content and excellent water retention capacity. Kanonkop’s Pinotage vines were some of the first to be established commercially in the Cape, and they range up to 59 years of age! They are maintained as dry farmed bush vines in order to achieve maximum sun exposure and optimal ripeness. Cool, dry weather throughout the 2014 growing season resulted in a slightly later harvest than usual. This allowed grapes to attain phenolic ripeness at lower sugar levels, while maintaining bright, fresh acidity. Yields were down slightly, but quality was excellent. Berries were smaller than usual, with intense color and concentrated fruit flavors. The grapes were hand harvested and hand sorted. They were then fermented in open-top concrete vats over a period of three days, with manual punch downs of the cap every two hours around the clock. When fermentation was complete, the wine was run to 225 liter French oak barrels (75% new, 25% second fill) for malolactic fermentation and aging. It was aged in barrel for 15 months and was bottled without fining or filtration.
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