Tag Archives: South Africa

Wine(s) of the Week -Kanonkop Kadette

Kanonkop, a South African wine producer, offers its Cape Blend, Kanonkop Kadette 2017 from Stellenbosch. The name, which means “Cannon Hill”, refers to the time when cannons were fired to signal the arrival of Dutch trade ships into Cape Town harbor. The wine is a blend of Pinotage (37%), Cabernet Sauvignon (36%), Merlot (25%) and Cabernet Franc (2%). It’s aged for 12 to 14 months in French oak and comes from the Stellenbosch region, east of Cape Town.

A dry red wine, it offers concentrated berry, cherry and plum flavors, soft and silky tannins with hints at the finish of spice. Try it with beef dishes and pastas for an elegant addition to the meal.

 

Wine of the Week – Rooiberg Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

This winery uses the best grapes in the Robertson area of South Africa for this flagship wine of its Reserve Selection. Its deep ruby red tones mirror its richness and robustness. The Rooiberg Cabernet is matured in French oak for 18 months during which it develops notes of coffee and dark chocolate. The wine is 13.5 percent ABV.Located in the Southern Cape, the winery was founded in 1964 and has been a top achiever in Robertson over the years, winning a number of gold and double gold medals. It’s in what it calls a “valley of wine and roses,” the Breede River Valley. Today the winery has 34 member farms.