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Kanonkop Estate

The winery is located on the foothills of the Simonsberg in the north of the South African winegrowing district Stellenbosch, It was founded in 1712 by JW Sauer. The entrance to the estate is adorned with an old name-giving cannon that once stood on a nearby hill and was fired at the entrance of ships to Table Bay. The current owners are Johann and Paul Krige. The vineyards cover 100 hectares. The Pinotage occupies half, the rest share Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), Merlot and Cabernet Franc. There are cool breezes from the nearby Atlantic and, combined with the red granite-rich, high-clay soils of the water, it produces excellent red wines. An artificial one irrigation is only necessary on 10% of the vineyards. Kanonkop was made famous by the long-lived, in oak barrels and produced since the 1950s Pinotage the best South Africa applies. The high quality of this red wine dominated the winemaker Jan Coetzee, who was formerly working on this estate, who then founded the winery in 1981 Vriesenhof acquired. The second top product "Paul Sauer" is produced from Cabernet Sauvignon (85%) and Cabernet Franc (15%). The deep purple wine is aged up to 26 months in oak barrels. Of the second wine is called "cadet". Every year around 300,000 bottles of wine are produced.

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