2012 Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch (750ml)

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Country: South Africa
Region: Coastal Region
Sub-Region: Stellenbosch
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Score: 92WA, 91WS, 90JS
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

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The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is matured in 50% new oak for 24 months with an additional two years in bottle (it used to be one year). It has a strong, opulent nose of black cherries, mint and a touch of camphor, later a pleasant hickory note emerging. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin. Tarry black fruit, tobacco and sage, a quintessential Kanonkop wine that stays true to South African Cabernet, but done with a sense of panache and style. Give this 2-3 years in bottle for the tannins to soften a little.

92 points, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Issue # 230 - Apr 2017)

Mature, but still has some punch. The core of steeped fig and blackberry fruit is enlivened by singed mesquite, tobacco and bay notes. A juicy edge lets the finish hang for a bit. Distinctive. Drink now through 2020. 5,000 cases made.

91 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (May 2017)

Pleasant grassy notes and baking spice aromas. Balanced and fruit-forward, thin tannins and quite round on the palate. Lots of black berries here. Enjoy now.

90 points, James Suckling (Aug 2017)