Paul Sauer, the famed Bordeaux-style red blend from Kanonkop in Stellenbosch is off the boil and has been for a while, There, I said it. From vines with an average age of 24 years, the 2012 is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 12% Merlot, the wine matured for 24 months in French oak, 100% new.
On the nose, red fruit plus a hint of mint but what is troubling is that there’s also an unfortunate reductive, dare I say rubbery note. The palate shows sweet, ripe fruit but lacks real depth and structure. The label will dupe many but this is South Africa’s “First Growth” and should be better.
NEW RELEASE: KANONKOP PAUL SAUER 2012 – SOUTH AFRICA'S #1 INVESTMENT WINE
We are regularly asked the question, 'What is South Africa’s best investment wine?' While Vin de Constance, Rubicon, Columella and Boekenhoutskloof will enter the discussion, Kanonkop Paul Sauer is undoubtedly number 1 on the list. With a tremendous track record of quality, ageability and increasing demand, back vintages are almost impossible to find. This is South Africa’s First Growth.
A 10-year vertical of Paul Sauer at Cape Wine highlighted the success of the newly released 2012 vintage. Paul Sauer has won the trophy for Best Blended Red Wine at the International Wine and Spirits Competition an incredible 4 times, and the 2012 contends with the 2009 as the top modern-day vintage.
Produced from 25-year-old vines and made in a traditional style, this Cabernet Sauvignon-based Simonsberg ‘Cru’ costs a fraction of the price of comparable quality Bordeaux. With back vintages in hot demand, the 2005 vintage recently sold for R2,000 per bottle at the 2015 Nederburg Auction!