Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2011
This powerful yet elegant Bordeaux blend is a true South African classic. It displays concentrated aromas and opulent flavors of cassis, blackberry and licorice, with core notes of leather andtealeaf. Hints of violets, underbrush and smoke carry through on the lingering silky finish.
Blend: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot
|Region||South Africa, Stellenbosch, Simonsberg|
VinousBright red-ruby. Exhilarating high notes of minerals, cedar, fynbos and orange zest lift the Old World aromas of dark plum, black raspberry, currant, brambly blackberry, milk chocolate and shoe polish; shows a macerated fruit quality and building oakiness as it opens in the glass. Silky, ripe and generous; tastes sweeter than its two grams per liter r.s. would suggest, which gives lovely early accessibility to the dark berry, licorice and mineral flavors. Harmonious, ripe acidity contributes to the wine's penetrating quality and sneaky intensity. This very classy wine shows the balance for long-term aging but I find it remarkably approachable now owing to its opulence, suave tannins and energetic, slowly building finish--not to mention its lovely integration of oak.
Wine SpectatorOffers an old-school feel, with mint and bittersweet cocoa notes leading the way for a solid core of steeped plum, black currant and blackberry fruit. Well-embedded bramble and licorice accents line the finish, showing a whiff of singed cedar. Drink now through 2021.
James SucklingThis shows a little more edge and form to it than the 2010 with blackberry, coffee and floral character. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh and clean finish. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc.
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