Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend South Africa – 2004 – 6.5 – James Melendez

This wine is half Pinotage, with remaining components of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Only a mother or a fan of this curious grape can truly appreciate a Pinotage. Pinotage a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault grapes is so distinctively different from all other grapes. No need for South African Winemakers to worry that this grape might be overtaken in another land. This is the only wine grape that I have tried to appreciate but cannot find a way to enjoy. It is gamey and has an unpleasant spice (a spice that I am not sure exists) and always presents with a very medicinal finish. The Pinotage in this blend overtakes the other varietals as if they were not present. I remember the first Pinotage, I purchased (Fairview) and I was hoping it would be a blissful Pinot Noir like experience — I was, no doubt, terribly disappointed.


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I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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2 Responses to Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend South Africa – 2004 – 6.5 – James Melendez

  1. Peter May says:

    Why do you think Pinotage will taste like Pinot Noir?? Do you think Caberet Sauvignon should taste like Sauvignon Blanc?

  2. I do not think a Pinotage will taste like a Pinot Noir; there are some people who do make that mistake and are disappointed.

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