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Winery of the Week: Shannon Vineyards

James and Stuart Downes still let a few grateful winemakers take grapes from their lovely Elgin farm's vineyards managed with meticulous care by James (rows cannot be longer than 100 metres, for example, so even a casual stroll past can allow a monitoring look to the centre of the vineyard). But their own successful range has taken an increasing proportion of the fruit since 2009 vinified in Hemel-en-Aarde by Gordon and Nadia Newton Johnson, with the expected degree of finesse. They'll have the fruit off a newly planted chardonnay vineyard in a few years, to add to the impressive Shannon portfolio.


Shannon Vineyards Mount Bullet Merlot 2013

Shannon Vineyards range
Category: Merlot

A Cape benchmark; 2013 () of noble bearing & athletic build. Floral violets lead out suave red/mulberry fruits to incredibly complex, persistent savoury conclusion. Elegant yet with substance for decade-plus cellaring, as in 2012 & 2011. More 

Wine tasted by Dave Swingler.


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Shannon Vineyards Rockview Ridge Pinot Noir 2015

Shannon Vineyards range
Category: Pinot noir

Iron fist in velvet glove; delicate cherry & farmyard aromas followed by powerful palate of tightly wound acidity, assertive tannins & dense fruit. 2015 marginally fuller, more concentrated than 2014; both classy. More 

Wine tasted by Dave Swingler.


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Shannon Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Shannon Vineyards range
Category: Sauvignon blanc wooded

11% new-oak-fermented semillon adds lanolin & vanilla nuances to 2015's white peach & citrus fruit, gives weight & texture to its focused minerality. Elegant & complete, unreliant on acidity for presence or persistence. Even better with few years age. More 

Wine tasted by Dave Swingler.


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Shannon Vineyards Semillon 2015

Shannon Vineyards range
Category: Semillon wooded

Ferment & brief 3 months in all-new oak impart a smoky edge to lemon-toned fruit & perfectly poised acidity of 2015 (). A stony minerality freshens the very good length. Picks up the pace set by 2014 (50% new oak). More 

Wine tasted by Dave Swingler.


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