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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Kanonkop Kadette 2010 - An Excellent Cuvée From The Cape

Kanonkop Kadette 2010 - An Excellent Cuvée From The Cape
Your marching orders: Drink this wine!

44% Pinotage, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc from Stellenbosch, South Africa.

SRP of $15 and available for as low as $11. Sample submitted for review.

From the bottle:
"STYLE: Full bodied - dry red wine with a concentrated berry, banana, cherry and fruit flavours with a spicy finish.

SERVE: At room temperature or just below room temperature.

FOOD SUGGESTIONS: Meat, pasta and spicy dishes.

GRAPES: A blend of Pinotage (44%), Cabernet Sauvignon (41%), Merlot (9%), Cabernet Franc (6%).

ORIGIN: From the quality wine production region of Stellenbosch, east of Cape Town.

KANONKOP: Means "Canon Hill" and is derived from the days when cannons were fired to signal the arrival of Dutch trade ships into Cape Town Harbor.

STORAGE: Can be consumed now but should develop even further for the next five years.

14.0% Alcohol"
We're big fans of wines from South Africa here at The Reverse Wine Snob and today we have another excellent one. This one comes from the lower slopes of Simonsberg Mountain in Stellenbosch.

The 2010 Kanonkop Kadette is a little closed at first, but as with most things in life patience is rewarded. Once the bouquet opens up you'll find excellent blackberry and plum aromas, a bit on the jammy side, plus some vanilla and smoky spice. Tasting the wine reveals a silky smooth texture and excellent juicy fruit tending more towards cranberry in the mouth but still containing blackberry and plum like the bouquet. There's also a nice layered spice component with a pleasant smokiness all the way through to the long finish. Very nice!

Buy this wine online from our featured sponsor Marketview Liquor or see a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

Taste Rating: 8              Cost Rating: 7
Overall Rating: 7.8


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