Kanonkop "Kadette" Cape Blend
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Kanonkop "Kadette" Cape Blend - 2019

Item # 22488 750mL
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Tasting Notes

A blend based on Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. This wine shows all the traits of a great South African red: plummy cassis, black raspberry, black cherry, and earthy flavors, all wrapped in appropriate levels of tart acidity, ripe tannins, and powerful alcohol.

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Staff Pick Notes

My Encounters with Monsieur Goûter I was at a restaurant yammering on (like I’m prone to do) about this lovely red. “MMM mesquite smoke, dark berries, and ripe plums!” When who should overhear me... Monsieur Goûter. His had an air of superiority and his lackeys in tow. He saw my glass and couldn’t help but stick his nose in and take an obnoxious sniff. “Oooh la la! Eez it some old Chinon? Or per’aps some 2nd growth Bordeaux?!” I grinned and passed the bottle to him. “What eez zhis?! Cheap South African wine?!” “Oui.” Snickers and giggles emanated from behind Goûter and he started to turn red, but I waived him off because my Mixed Grill was arriving.

- SD

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