Anyone who knows me will know my love of red wine. Why red in particular? Maybe it’s the seduction of the deep ruby colour, the decadence in every sip or, more than likely, the sum of all its parts that makes a great glass of red both alluring and incredibly satisfying. With the vast range of wine styles available, and the many producers adding their own touch to the process, there is always an exquisite new discovery to be made. One of these discoveries in my wine tasting journey is Kanonkop’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2003.
Situated in Stellenbosch, South Africa, the Kanonkop Wine Estate is widely loved and respected for its traditional approach. The estate has 120 hectares of vineyards (all of them red), with a portfolio that includes Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paul Sauer (a Bordeaux blend), the less expensive Kadette (a blend of Pinotage, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc) and the more recent addition, a Pinotage rosé. I had the opportunity to try the Cabernet Sauvignon 2003.
After opening, I would suggest transferring the wine into a carafe and letting it breathe for a while before drinking.
At our first introduction, the first thing I noticed was the long, syrupy legs. The colour was rich and full – I knew this was going to be a good one. The nose was full and fragrant, with sweet spice, dark roasted coffee and cocoa swirling to the surface. The palate was full and opulent. An explosion of zingy, mature fruit, with a long finish and depth of flavour in the aftertaste. A good balance of light acidity, plump fruit and smooth oak, this wine is just delightful.