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2008 Kanonkop Wine Estate Kadette Stellenbosch
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Kanons Ablaze with Surprise
by Pizarro14005221
This was definitely a fantastic surprise. S.Africa pinotage backbones always tend to evolve with aeration, but after running through the Centellino, this one blossomed. Initially, tight, mild-spice nose, with aeration brought forward pink peppercorn and dried green petal spices, reminiscent of tarragon and mild cilantro. Putting my nose further in the glass, reduced bing cherry compote with some mild pink peppercorn and hints of crushed creek bed limestone. Color was spot on ruby and body was well developed for a younger wine. Palate was filled with wonderfully dry, mild red raspberries and black cherries, hints of under ripe cranberry, and some moderately tangy French cooking spices. Moderate-bright acidity initially, this one calmed down beautifully and put forward some arid, yet balanced minerality, providing balance to a creeping light tannic mouth feel, SO beautifully light for a fruity and spicy glass. Finish was moderately long on fruit and long on dry tannins with muted astringency. If you go into this one expecting over-extracted pinot-esque grapes, you will be disappointed; this was well balanced on fruit and acidity. This baby was light as Southern Central Coast pinot and fruit friendly as an Alexander Valley Sangiovese. Heck of a QPR, this easily drinks at a higher price tier if you let it open. My only regret is no rack of lamb to pair with this one!


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South Africa has produced wines in the area of Cape Town since the 17th century, but the country's significant place in the U.S. market is far more recent. During the era of apartheid, trade sanctions imposed on imports from South Africa kept these wines out of the U.S. and many other markets, with the effect that local South African winemakers had little incentive to produce wines that could compete in a global setting...
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