Beautiful appearance, warm gold with jade reflections. Spicy, peachy bouquet, with nutmeg, beeswax and peach stone evident. The full wash suggests sweet honey, apple, chestnut and vanilla essence. Unique, rewarding white.
Great with rich seafood dishes - think beer-battered langoustine or mussel hotpot.
The grapes (100% Chenin, a variety originally from France's Loire valley) were picked with a small percentage raisined and/or affected by botrytis cinera ('noble rot' - à la Sauternes), which contributed extra richness, sweetness and complexity to the wine. KCB was aged in 17%-new French and Hungarian oak for 11 months. Barrels were rolled weekly to ensure good contact between juice and lees, imbuing the end wine with delightful creaminess.
Stellenbosch-based Kanu dates from 1692 when German soldier Matthias Greef was gifted the farm by a local governor. At first he used it to raise sheep and grow medicinal herbs, before sensibly switching to grapes. Current winemaker Johan Grimbeek focuses on South African specialty Chenin Blanc (known locally as Steen) and a selection of warm-climate grapes like Shiraz, Chardonnay and Viognier.
Kanu is a member of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative, an alliance between South Africa’s conservation and wine sectors that helps to preserve such exotic creatures as the cape leopard and geometric tortoise. It devotes over a third of its land to native wildlife.