Kanonkop is a fourth generation family-owned estate, now in the hands of brothers Paul and Johann Krige. The name Kanonkop is derived from a hillock (kop) on the Simonsberg mountain above the estate from where, during the 17th and 18th centuries, a cannon (kanon) was fired to announce the arrival of sailing ships entering Table Bay. The roar of the cannon would be a signal to local farmers to load up their wagons with fresh fruit and vegetables and make the 50km journey to the harbour to barter their produce.
This super premium Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage is made from one of the oldest Pinotage vineyards in South Africa, planted in 1953 on a site that has over the years continued to produce fruit of specific excellence, deemed special enough to be bottled under its own label.
Sixty six year old vines in decomposed Granite and Hutton soil-type. Fermentation took place in open top concrete fermenters. The floating skins were punched down by hand every two hours during fermentation. The juice
was drawn off the skins after three and a half days. After malolactic fermentation the wine was matured for eighteen months in 100% new 225L French Nevers oak barrels.