Crafted from pioneering Pinotage producer, Kanonkop, this benchmark bottling is a true Cape classic! Enticing, complex and distinctive, it displays juicy layers of dark berries, cassis and plum that intertwine with hints of banana and mocha that are backed by a smoky, mineral undercurrent.
92/100 James Suckling
Bright and delicious aromas of blackberries, blackcurrants, fruit compote and hints of vanilla and sweet spices. The full-bodied palate has a really fresh blueberry tinge that runs all the way through it with silky tannins and a long finish. One of the best pinotages from South Africa.
91/100 Wine Spectator
A juicy, racy style, with deliciously pure plum and blackberry compote flavours enlivened by an anise note that lingers through the finish. Features dark fruit but remains bright and fresh in feel. Well done. Drink now through 2020.
90/100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Pinotage is matured for 16 months in 80% new oak. It offers a vivid and powerful bouquet of black cherries, licorice, melted tar and blueberries that seem to gush from the glass. The palate is powerful on the entry with bold tannin, but there is the acidity here to keep everything balanced and counter the layers of fruit with freshness and tension. As I have written before, Kanonkop know how to make a great Pinotage and this is a delight.