Kanonkop Estate Pinotage


The name Kanonkop is derived from a hillock (kop) on the Simonsberg mountain above the wine estate from where, during the 17th and 18th centuries, a cannon (kanon) was fired to announce the arrival of sailing ships entering Table Bay.

The roar of the cannon would be the signal to local farmers, who were waiting to make the 50-kilometer journey to the harbour, to load up their wagons with fresh fruit and vegetables to barter their produce.

The first wines bearing the Kanonkop label were produced in 1973.

To wine lovers familiar with the centuries old châteaux and domaines of Bordeaux and Burgundy respectively, the winemaking history of our estate may seem surprisingly young.

For 1973 was the year in which Kanonkop’s contention for a place in the annals of South African wine greatness began, just three years before the death of the man to whom the wine estate owes everything it has achieved and all the recognition it has attained: Paul Sauer.


Tasting Notes from Pinto Wines

Colour Bright red with a purple hue
Nose Bold aromas of plums & blackberries, with layers of liquorice, smoke, roasted nuts and rich vanilla
Palate Packed with flavours of plums, black and red cherries, dark chocolate and spicy oak. The integrated and ripe tannins, together with the satisfying acidity

Fact Sheet

Size 75 cl
Grape Variety 100% Pinotage
Alcohol % 14.5%
Style Full bodied, deep ruby colour
Estate/Producer Kanonkop/Abrie Beeslaar
Country South Africa
Region Stellenbosch-Western Cape
Vintage 2019
Vinification Fermented in open top concrete fermenters at 280C. The floating skins were punched down by hand, every 2 hours during fermentation. The juice was drawn off the skins after 3 days. After malolactic fermentation the wine was matured for 16 months in 80% new and 20% second fill 225L French oak barrels.
Closure Natural Cork
Cellaring/Ageing Potential Great age potential


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