Ben’s notes – I had a phone call from SA last summer saying there was something special on the way. Little did I know it was an entire vintage of red wine. This amazing wine was the top of the heap as far as the the Bordeaux style goes. With Cape Wine Masters going crazy about it and the first 100pts from Tim Atkin for a SA Wine, it soon became hot property. We only have it because we promised to share it – so just a single bottle per order.
“A great wine, with a distinguished track record in one of the best-ever Cape vintages: if any South African wine deserves 100 points, and I strongly believe that it does, then it is the brilliant 2015 Paul Sauer, one of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted.” Tim Atkin MW
Kanonkop Paul Sauer is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. The grapes grown on the Kanonkop property on the Simonsberg in Stellenbosch. The wine is named after the legendary former owner of Kanonkop who was the grand-father of the current proprietors Johann and Paul Krige.
According to cellarmaster Abrie Beeslaar, vineyard conditions for the 2015 vintage can be described as “a perfect golf-swing”. “It was as perfect a vintage as I have ever seen,” says Beeslaar. The components were blended prior to barrel-maturation, which was done – as always – for two years in new French oak.
“The 2015 shows the true character one finds in great Paul Sauer vintages,” says Beeslaar. “In such years you see berry-fruit features together with those alluring, character-forming notes of cedar and savoury.”