The Kanonkop Kadette Dry Pinotage Rosé 2015 from South Africa is a traditional rosé with rich aromatic raspberry and cherry flavors from this Stellenbosch winery whose name means “Cannon Hill,” referring to the days when cannons were fired to signal the arrival of Dutch trading ships into Cape Town Harbor.
With grapes from Stellenbosch, east of Cape Town, the 2015 wine was made after a cold and wet winter with a moderate ripening period, harvested on January 28, 2015. The wine has soft tannins and complexity, with a long finish. It is 14% ABV and makes for lovely sipping on a warm summer day or evening.
Hamilton Russell Wines at the tip of South Africa’s Cape and closest to the sea specializes in award-winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. But at the winery’s sibling estate, nearby Southern Right, Anthony Hamilton Russell and his wife, Olive, offer Pinotage and award-winning Sauvignon Blanc. For years, Olive says, “it’s been our intention to redefine Pinotage, and 20 years later, we’re still trying to do that!”
This Pinotage, which, alas, is no longer available for sale, exemplifies their mission, and the most recent vintage, 2013, is said to be another winner.
Wine Spectator magazine called the ’11 a wine “you might serve blind to a skeptic to change their perspective.”
The ’11 is an elegant offering, dry yet soft with good minerality. If you fall in the skeptic category about the varietal, check out the 2013. We have a feeling it too will change your perspective, showing you the lovely fruit notes and richness Pinotage can offer.