Sunday, January 22, 2012

Updated Review: ***+ $ Kanonkop Kadette, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2008 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background:Kanonkop Kadette is a dry red wine from the Stellenbosch region of South Africa.  It is made from a blend of 45% pinotage, 29% cabernet sauvignon, 17% merlot and 9% cabernet franc, all finished at 14% alcohol for the 2008 vintage.

Original review, January, 2010:

In the glass: Kanonkop Kadette shows as bold purple in the glass, opaque to within one inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured without a decant and swirled vigorously, the wine displays bold notes of smoky peat and deep black fruit.

On the palate: The first element on the palate is the smoked cherries that move up boldly into your nose, followed by a bright and acidic wash across your tongue.  It turns slightly slick as it moves.

And the finish: Settles into the back of your mouth with clean acids and a deep fruit residue.

In summary: Overall, just reaches three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale for its solid character and potential for a couple more years of aging.  Great value at its low-end price point.

Wine Enthusiast liked this a lot, awarding 91 points and reporting, "This blend of Pinotage, Cabernet, Merlot & Cabernet Franc is full-bodied & complex, with layered aromas of cherry, banana & warming spices, & smooth, elegant flavors of cedar, cherry, tobacco smoke & red berries. Velvety, soft tannins & a clean finish give it a classy touch. The wine can age, but drink now & you won't be disappointed."

Following a two-day decant via vacuum in partial bottle: the wine holds up very well, with the acids knitting evenly into the wine now.

Updated review, two years later,  January, 2012:  Consistent color and aroma.  Black cherries and acids blend on the palate, forming a big and impressive impact.  Adds a plus for potent balance and remains a best value. Following long decant, three full days kept cool in partially filled bottle: Held up quite well to the extra air, no notably changes elements.

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