Special Offers SigninCart

Follow us:

Your Shopping Cart Is Empty

Register/Sign In
Account Menu
Wine Blog
Wine Club
Shopping Cart

Country of Origin & Region


South Africa, Stellenbosch


Kanonkop 'Black Label' Pinotage 2016

Kanonkop 'Black Label' Pinotage 2016 - made from 64 year old bush vines 5 Stars 2019 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

91 pts winemag.co.za November 2017
The Cape’s extended drought may be reducing the size of yields but generally seems to have had remarkably little effect on wine quality. The Black Label Pinotage 2016 from Kanonkop, however, does not seem to have benefited from warmer and drier conditions that prevailed during growing season.
Grapes from a single vineyard planted on granite in 1953, the wine underwent maturation for some 18 months in French oak, 100% new. The nose is heady with notes of incense, macerated cherries, banana loaf, vanilla and spice while the palate is sweet, extraordinarily rich, smooth textured and hot on the finish. It will have a following in some quarters but it’s not a patch on the stellar 2015.
93 pts Vinous/Neil Martin Aug 2018
The 2016 Black Label Pinotage was matured for 18 months in 100% new Vicard French oak and represents Kanonkop’s top Pinotage cuvée. It has a very refined bouquet of blackberry, red cherries, licorice and a touch of menthol. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, and as usual, it seems to suck up that new oak effortlessly. Rounded and quite sensual toward the finish, this is a gorgeous Pinotage (no oxymoron!) that really demonstrates what this grape variety can do in the right hands.
96 pts Tim Atkin MW 2018
One four-hectare block, planted in 1953, supplies the grapes for this world class Pinotage, first made on 2006. Picked early in 2016, it’s opaque, rich and very serious, a wine that almost supersedes its variety. Layered, complex and built for a long life, with lots of tannin, violet and blueberry fruit and well-integrated new oak. 2022-30.
5 Stars 2019 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Ripe & rich, but 16 (95 pts) refined enough to make the 14.5% alcohol a surprise, so balanced it is. Plenty of sweet fruit (dark cherries & raspberries) & svelte texture, with tannins molten & soft, though informing, & good acidity. 50% new oak well integrated.

Winemaker Notes

Winemaker Abrie Beeslaar says that the age of the vines and the meagre yields lead to immense vintage variety in the Black Label. “The vintage variety definitely adds to this wine’s appeal, and 2016 is a stand-out in terms of the juicy red fruit the wine is already exposing in it youth,” he says. “While the 2015 Black Label was a sturdy and robustly elegant wine, 2016 sees a Pinotage with red-berry freshness and polished refinement. As the previous vintages have shown, this wine really starts hitting its straps after five years in the bottle as it gains complexity and added depth.”
A dense, full and rich wine filled with perfume and red fruit with a hint of spice adding to its complexity. The palate is structured and powerful, with ripe red fruits, black plums, and dark chocolate. The tannins are grainy and mouth filling, with a dry appetizing finish.

Chemical Analysis




14.5% alcohol by volume




About Us
Contact Us
Shipping Calculator
Special Offers
6 Bottle Deals
Big Bottles
Wine Club
Gift Cards
Books & Accessories

Wine Regions
Closeout Bin

Southern Hemisphere Wine Center
5973 Engineer Dr.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(800) 504-9463