Abrie Beeslaar, winemaker at Kanonkop since 2002, has released a Pinotage under his own name. Careful to make sure that we don’t doubt his allegiance to Kanonkop, he explained that it is every winemaker’s dream to have a wine bearing his own name: Beeslaar. “Pinotage is not for sissies”, words Jan Boland Coetzee will use to explain the challenges of Pinotage to other winemakers. It was these challenges and the exposure to great old vines bearing unique grapes that started this love affair with Pinotage. If you are lucky enough to have the right terroir and put in the effort that Pinotage deserves, there is no wine more rewarding, says Abrie.