Bordeaux Theme

Live Virtual Auction, 26 March 2023

Bordeaux Fine Wine

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ZAR 21 105
Lot 24
  • Kanonkop; Paul Sauer; 2009; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml


Lot Estimate
ZAR 20 000 - 30 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 21 105

About this Item

2009 Paul Sauer
6 (1 x 6) 750ml

Often described as the South African equivalent of a Grand Cru or First Growth, Kanonkop Estate is situated on the Simonsberg mountain slopes on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. Owned by the fourth generation Krige family, Abri Beeslaar is their long-term winemaker who has won International Winemaker of the year an incredible 3 times.

This internationally acclaimed, long-ageing Bordeaux blend was named after former owner, Paul Sauer, and was first made in 1981. Kanonkop also became the first winery in the world to win best blended red wine for the fourth time at the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition in 2013 with this 2009 vintage.

Provenance

Private Client

Critics Ratings

'(68% cabernet sauvignon and 16% each merlot and cabernet franc): Bright red-ruby. Enticing aromas of cassis, black cherry, licorice and wild herbs. Dense, layered and deep; at once ripe and dry, with rich, brooding flavors of cassis and cedary spices. This very concentrated, very tightly wound young wine boasts compelling inner-palate energy and finishes with terrific length. Sappy, structured and built to age. Winemaker: Abrie Beeslaar.’ - Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com, 92+/100 (Sep 2012)

Features a core of dark plum, cassis and blackberry fruit offset by a floral anise notes. Delivers ample grip, but remains sleek and fine-grained, with a flicker of apple wood filling out the finish. Shows latent depth and should cellar nicely. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best from 2014 through 2020.’ - Wine Spectator, 92/100 (Oct 2013)

‘At a time when a lot of the so-called old guard are rapidly being outpaced, outflanked by the new generation of winemakers who have travelled overseas and introduced a more thoughtful approach to their craft, Kanonkop are a testament to fact that some of the country’s stalwarts can remain at the top of their game. Many producers merely pay lip service to the notion of finesse, but at Kanonkop that is evident where it matters – in the glass. So kudos to owners Johann and Paul Krige and especially to winemaker Abrie Beeslaar, installed at Kanonkop since 2002, for all their hard work. What I found interesting was Abrie’s conviction that Kanonkop has remained true to what it does, ignoring fads and fashions, merely fine-tuning its style. I have to say that over the last ten years their wines have attained a greater degree of refinement and purity, therefore something must have changed! What distinguishes Kanonkop is both the enviable age of some of its vine stock, especially its Pinotage, and the corollary of longevity. These are wines that are probably drunk way too early by consumers, although I can understand why. Chuck two or three bottles in your cellar and leave them for 20 years – you will be amazed at what you will find.’ - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 92/100 (Oct 2013)

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