2016 Paul Sauer, Kanonkop, Stellenbosch

Deep and inky in colour. Quite reductive on the nose. Pretty backward. 62% Cabernet, 25% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc. Nice texture and vibrancy, silky tannins and good coolness of fruit. Plenty of plummy fruit, spice and a nice sense of balance. Very juicy and pretty long, still nicely structured, very classic – what Paul Sauer is all about.

Critic score
96/100
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Bottle
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£81.88

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Stellenbosch, Coastal Region, South Africa
  • Maturity
    Young 2021 - 2030
  • Colour
    Red
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    14%
2016 Paul Sauer, Kanonkop, Stellenbosch

TASTING NOTES

How do you follow a 100-point red? It's not easy when the vintage was 2016, which didn't have the class of 2015. But by any standards, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% each of Merlot and Cabernet Franc is still one hell of a wine, even in a difficult year. Grippy, focused and slightly leaner than the 2015, but with savoury tannins and plenty of youthful fruit concentration.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com (September 2019)
96/100

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