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About this Item
2003 is considered among the best Cape vintages post the turn of the century.
‘A classic since 1981: has Cape character plus international sophistication. Vinified traditionally, like all these, in open fermenters. 03’s 63% cabernet in line with previous, but just 6% merlot, rest cabernet franc. Dominated in youth by oak’s spicy tobacco, but rich fruit lurking: deserves at least half-decade maturation for violets, tea-leaf, black berries to play full role within firm, ripe structure.’ – Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2007, 4.5*
‘(63% cabernet sauvignon, 31% cabernet franc and 6% merlot) Medium ruby-red. Explosive aromas of blackberry, violet, iron, graphite, meat, leather and licorice, all lifted by a floral note. Sweet, dense and silky, with highly concentrated candied fruit flavors and superb inner-palate verve. Complicating notes of tar and forest floor. Finishes firmly tannic and very long. An outstanding vintage for this South African classic. – Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com (March 2007), 92+/100
‘The 2003 Kanonkop Paul Sauer Stellenbosch has the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc used to date (31%) with 6% Merlot and 63% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a very refined bouquet, very pure, with star-anise-tinged black fruit with hints of bell pepper and tertiary notes emerging with time. The palate has an understated entry with a slightly grainy texture: blackberry, black olive, a touch of menthol and dried orange rind toward the finish. This is drinking now, but will continue to evolve over 15 to 20 years.’ – Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (October 2014), 91/100
‘This is solid, with mature hints of cedar and tobacco now weaving through the core of red currant, damson plum and red licorice. A nice briary edge frames the tangy finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.--Non-blind Kanonkop vertical tasting (2010). Drink now. 4,125 cases made.’ – Wine Spectator (Tasted 2010), 90/100
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