Supple and round with full body, soft tannins and friendly flavours of blackberries, mocha, chocolate and baking spice.
Delicious on its own or with osso bucco.
The winemaking here is all about emphasizing decadent smoothness in the end product: American oak staves during fermentation imbue the wine with a lovely sweet-spice character, while the modern technique of micro-oxygenation ('microx') mimics the process of barrel maturation (but cheaper and faster!), making the wine softer and creamier. A generous 6 grams of residual grape sugar (per litre) rounds off the easy-drinking feel.
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 coming to his senses and switching to grapes. Much later, during the Anglo-Boer war, the estate was used as a horse supply camp, rifle range and hospital.
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 lovelies as the cape leopard and geometric tortoise. It devotes over a third of its land to native wildlife.