Kanonkop is a fourth generation family estate, which was originally purchased by JW Sauer, a cabinet member in the parliament of the Union of South Africa. This estate has since then been handed down from father to son for over 40 years and is now in the talented, capable hands of its current owners Paul & Johann Krige.
The name Kanonkop was derived from a kopje (hillock), from which a cannon was fired in the 17th Century to alert farmers in outlying areas that sailing ships plying the waters between Europe and the Far East had entered Table Bay for a stopover at Cape Town.
Kanonkop Estate has been described by those in the know as being the South African equivalent of a Premier Cru or First Growth. International awards accumulated over more than a decade have gone a long way to substantiate these claims.
This wine is named after Paul Sauer (second of four generations on Kanonkop), who in his time was not only recognised as an exceptional winegrower, but as one of the greatest parliamentarians of his time.
Classic Bordeaux-style red blend. The Paul Sauer is often described as more elegant than the straight Cabernet Sauvignon The wine spent 24 months in new 225 litre French Nevers. Deep, ruby-red colour – concentration of cassis, black currant and tea leaf aromas. Good body with combination of power and elegance. Silky sweet tannin that leads to a dry finish.