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South Africa, Stellenbosch


Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 2016

Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 2016 great value - 91 pts Tim Atkin MW

Tasting Notes

July 2018
This vintage there was more Cabernet than usual, encompassing 38% of the blend while the Pinotage component, which usually is in the lead, comes in at 33%, with Merlot 23% and 6% Cabernet Franc filling things out. This has a very engaging nose with notes of black currant fruit underpinned with some earth, tea leaf and a hint of graphite to the aromatics, which plays more towards the 2/3rds Bordeaux composition of the wine. Medium fuller bodied this has some serious structure and depth to its fruit that speaks way above its modest asking price, with some firm tannins encasing a core of juicy dark red and darker fruit flavors that finish dry and lingering.
We thought the 2015 was pretty special (with the reviews to back it up) and one of the better ones we had tried from Kanonkop, but the 2016, in light of the dryer conditions of the vintage, can stand alongside and without any doubt, it deserves its just dues. Just now opening up, for an inexpensive wine this drinks way above its modest asking price. This is a great value.

Food Accompaniments

Beef, lamb, burgers, pizza

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

91 pts Tim Atkin MW 2018
Kanonkop make a staggering 1.8 million bottles of this wine, which combines Pinotage with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a little Cabernet Franc. It’s a savoury, somewhat traditional Cape blend, showing savoury tannins, mulberry fruit sweetness and subtle oak. 2019-22.

Winemaker Notes

A deep ruby red colour, with notes of blackcurrant, tealeaves and vanilla spice on the nose, which follows through to the palate. A well balanced structure with fresh acidity and dry appetizing finish. This wine will keep developing in the bottle for the next 7 – 10 years.

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Chemical Analysis




14% alcohol by volume



Red Blend

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