Bordeaux Theme

Live Virtual Auction, 26 March 2023

Bordeaux Fine Wine

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ZAR 32 830
Lot 30
  • Kanonkop; Paul Sauer Vertical; 1994 - 1998; 5 (1 x 5); 750ml


Lot Estimate
ZAR 18 000 - 24 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 32 830

About this Item

1994 - 1998 Paul Sauer Vertical
5 (1 x 5) 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.

Provenance

Wine Cellar Private Client

Critics Ratings

1994 - 'The 1994 displays only slight bricking on the rim, and the bouquet is better than you will find in most clarets of this vintage, offering a mélange of raspberry coulis wild strawberry, cedar and thyme. It blossoms with aeration over the course of three hours, developing tertiary and terra-cotta scents. The palate nods to Bordeaux but is unashamedly South African, delivering the lushness of the Cape with the structure and depth of Bordeaux. Layers of mainly red berry fruit intermingle with sage, thyme, cedar and tobacco, building and fanning out toward the sweet, fleshy finish. The wine is so vivacious that it could easily mature for another 25 years.' - Neal Martin, Vinous, 95/100 (Oct 2019)

1995 - 'Seems only just to be lifting the hem of the fruit – still very savoury and concentrated. Full body, concentrated and aromatic, with medicinal and iodine character. Bitter notes to finish.’ – Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com, 17/20 (Sep 2018)

1996 - 'Impressive for its age, with plenty of raspberry and blackberry fruit still showing, helping to offset the heavy dose of smoke and toast. Picks up a chocolate note on the muscular finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.' - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, 89/100 (2000)

1997 - 'Saturated ruby. Tight nose hints at blackberry, cranberry, violet and eucalyptus. Dense, concentrated and uncompromisingly dry, with thorough ripe flavors of cassis and dark chocolate. Quite sophisticated wine; a distinct step up from the '96, which was strong in context of that difficult year. Finishes with very subtle dark fruit and floral flavors and fine tannins. Another '97 that should develop slowly and gracefully. Almost sure to merit a 90-plus rating with time in bottle.' - Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, 89+/100 (Jan 2001)

1998 - 'Sappy, primary aromas of blackberry, raspberry, bitter chocolate, brown sugar and minerals. Wonderfully dense and deep, with superb underlying structure giving the berry, mineral and coffee flavors great definition and grip. Outstanding building aftertaste features firm, suave tannins and compelling, sappy fruit and mineral traces. A knockout wine from a wonderfully rich red wine vintage for South Africa.' - Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, 92/100 (Mar 2003)

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