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South Africa, Stellenbosch


Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2015

Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2015 100 pts Tim Atkin MW 2018

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

100 pts Tim Atkin MW 2018
A great wine, with a distinguished track record in one of the best-ever Cape vintages: if any South African wine deserves 100 points, and I strongly believe that it does, then it is the brilliant 2015 Paul Sauer, one of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted. Cabernet Sauvignon-based with 15% each of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this is intense, refined and well balanced, with seamless tannins and structure and beautifully integrated new oak. Bravo Kanonkop! Bravo South Africa! 2023-35.
95 pts Vinous/Neil Martin Aug 2018
The 2015 Paul Sauer spent five days on the skins and matured for 24 months in new 225-liter French oak (medium toast.) I tasted this both sighted and then blind. It has a sophisticated bouquet of blackberry, raspberry coulis, cedar, sage and mint, perhaps demonstrating a little more precision than the 2014 Paul Sauer. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded tannin, touches of blackberry, raspberry, sage, white pepper and pencil lead. This is quite an intellectual Paul Sauer, and one of the most complex I have encountered, showing real refinement and depth toward the persistent finish. It will benefit from another year or two in bottle, but what an impressive wine!
5 Stars 2019 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Rightly regarded as SA ‘first growth’ Bordeaux blend, traditionally cab-based with merlot, cab franc; 70/15/15 in 15 (95 pts) which, though less plush than 14 (95 pts) in cooler summer, exudes a controlled opulence thanks to satisfying dry finish & firm tannic foundation for extended aging.

Winemaker Notes

A complex perfume of plush black fruit, including cassis, black plum and sour cherries; complimented with layers of tobacco, cedar wood and cigar box undertones. The full rich expression of the 2015 vintage, which is expressively fruit forward and opulent, will stand the test of time, and be very rewarding to those with some patience.

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Chemical Analysis




14.5% alcohol by volume



Red Blend

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