Kanonkop is a 4th generation family-owned estate, which has been handed down from generation to generation and is 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 the signal to local farmers, who were waiting to make the 50-kilometer journey to the harbour, to load up their wagons with fresh fruit and vegetables to barter their produce.
The first wines bearing the Kanonkop label were produced in 1973. To wine lovers familiar with the centuries old châteaux and domaines of Bordeaux and Burgundy respectively, the winemaking history of our estate may seem surprisingly young. For 1973 was the year in which Kanonkop’s contention for a place in the annals of South African wine greatness began, just three years before the death of the man to whom the wine estate owes everything it has achieved and all the recognition it has attained: Paul Sauer.
The King of Bordeaux grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon is a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc that originated in the Gironde region of Bordeaux some three centuries ago. Cabernet Sauvignon, the focus grape variety of the Stellenbosch region, plays an integral part in the highest rated wines from this area. First vintage: 1973
A wine that exudes the refinement and purity of a classic Cabernet Sauvignon with the notes of dense black fruit, brambles and pineneedles elevated by a life-affirming freshness. Recognised as one of the New World’s finest Cabernet Sauvignons, this wine expresses the uniqueness of Stellenbosch’s Simonsberg terroir.