Shannon Mount Bullet Merlot, Elgin Valley

Shannon Mount Bullet Merlot, Elgin Valley

Constructed from five different clonal components of Merlot, both French and Italian, which are picked and fermented separately from a single three hectare plot; the harvest dates can differ by ten days. One clone is chosen specifically for its propensity to produce ‘minty’ nuances, yet canopy managed to reduce these! The vines are planted on soils with a high quartz content in order to reduce heat stress in the summer and also reduce vigour to lengthen the ripening period. Individual berries are hand sorted before a cold maceration and wild ferment, which is left to develop naturally; the wine undergoes the malolactic fermentation and is matured in Bordelaise French oak barrels, 40% new, for about 20 months. Considerable emphasis is placed on maximising the different clonal expressions and therefore each parcel is vinified and matured separately before final blending. The wine has a fragrance of ripe red fruits such as plums and dark cherries, with earthy complexity and yet still expresses minerality, freshness with a well-integrated ripe and seductive tannin structure.

  • Type: Red
  • Country: South Africa
  • Region: Elgin Valley
  • Vintage: 2012/2013
  • Producer: Shannon
  • Primary grape: Merlot
  • Screwcap: Cork
  • Bottle size: 75cl
  • List price: £21.45
  • Code: 31400
  • Expression: Barrel