96 pts Tim Atkin MW 2017
Paul Sauer is one of the few genuine Cape icons. Blending mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and Cabernet Franc, it always seems to absorb its 24 months in new oak with ease. More forward than the straight Kanonkop Cabernet but just as age worthy, this is savoury and focused with leafy freshness. 2019-30.
92 pts Wine Spectator 2/28/18
A solid, dark, grippy style, with roasted alder and juniper notes framing a core of steeped red and black currant fruit. Offers a sanguine tang on the finish, along with tobacco and bay leaf accents. Shows lots of range and character. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2019 through 2023.
5 Stars 2018 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Regarded as a SA first growth Bordeaux blend, traditionally cab-based with merlot, cab franc, as in 14 (*****) with 74/27/9 composition. Plush fruit soaks up 100% new French oak, is reined in by long structuring tannins. Trademark ageability.
93 pts Vinous/Neil Martin Aug 2018
The 2014 Paul Sauer is Kanonkop’s top cuvée and was matured for 24 months in new French barriques. It has an intense bouquet of blackberry, raspberry and mint mixed with sage and oregano. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin; the oak is well integrated, and there is a satisfying rondeur and harmony toward the elegant, lightly spiced, quite persistent finish. Always one of the Cape’s most impressive reds, the 2014 shows its class.