This legendary wine is named after Kanonkop’s patriarch and is a Bordeaux-style blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Merlot. The depth of flavour, structure and complexity offered by these three grape varieties is accentuated by 24 months’ ageing in new French Nevers oak barrels to create a regal wine recognised as one of the best South Africa has to offer.
The 2018 saturated ruby colour is complimented by an array of scents typically associated with Paul Sauer – fresh herbs, tilled earth, pencil shavings, spice, red- and black fruits. While being heady and perfumed, the wine remains classic and refined, with an utterly elegant structure. The tannins are precise, and together with the clever use of new oak, creates the perfect backdrop to host the complex fruit spectrum. The finish is sappy and spicy, with layered notes of red fruits and cured meats on the long, youthful finish.
Ageing potential: 20 – 25 years from vintage
Food pairing: Paired well all types of steak, meat casseroles, roast leg of lamb and matured cheeses.
Please note, if this is ordered online for delivery, to ensure it arrives undamaged it will not be sent in the presentation box.
Wine Safari Score/Greg Sherwood MW: 97/100 “The 2018 Paul Sauer is a classical blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc from vines averaging 30 years of age grown on dryland vineyards of Decomposed Granite and Hutton and Clovelly soils. Vibrant and ruby / purple, the wine almost glows in the glass with inviting promise. At this youthful stage, the Cabernet Sauvignon component shines through strongly revealing a generally dark, broody, black fruited demeanour embellished with subtle notes of saline crème de cassis, star anise, lead pencil shavings, dried violets and signature nuances of freshly tilled earth, buttered brown toast and hints of breakfast espresso. In the mouth, the palate shows gorgeous elegance, purity and fruit focus with the most fine grained filigree tannins, soothingly generous black berry fruits and delicious mouth-watering acids. This wine is precision personified showing such effortless grace and harmony together with a measured power and intensity. The 2018 is certainly a very classically schooled expression that waltzes across the palate without ever putting a foot out of place. Like all truly great Bordeaux blends, this has the finesse and textural harmony to drink on release but also the intensity and gravitas to age effortlessly for 20 to 30+ years.”