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South African - Kanonkop

David
Mr..Caymus
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Orlando, FL
Post #: 147
KANONKOP Stellenbosch, South Africa

Kanonkop Estate has been described by those in the know as being the South African equivalent of a Premier Cru or First Growth. Kanonkop is renowned for its red wines, with Pinotage making up 50% of all plantings, Cabernet Sauvignon 35%, Merlot 7.5% and Cabernet franc the rest. The Pinotage vines have been retained as bush vines to provide optimum sunlight, which allows for maximum ripeness and to assist with regulating the crop. These vines were some of the first commercially planted Pinotage to be established at the Cape and most are over 50 years old. Kanonkop Estate is situated on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in the Stellenbosch Region of the Cape. It is between Stellenbosch and Paarl on the R44 and falls in a ward called Simonsberg, more commonly known as the “red wine bowl” of South Africa. It has earned a reputation both at home and abroad as an area producing the best wines in the country. The Estate is situated on 125 hectares, of which 100 hectares are planted to vine. Besides the solid foundation on which the estate’s winemaking principles are based, it is also blessed with ideal soils, cool sea breezes and long summer days, creating the perfect climate for growing grapes.
KANONKOP Stellenbosch, South Africa

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