About the wine maker
Shannon’s vineyards are situated in the Elgin Valley, within the Kogelberg Biosphere, with mountains to the west and the Peninsula Dam forming the eastern boundary. The Elgin Valley which has long been regarded as the apple and pear centre of South Africa, now has some of the country's most highly regarded winemakers establishing vineyards in the area, testament to its obvious winemaking potential. The Kogelberg Biosphere, South Africa’s first, is a UNESCO protected region which contains hundreds of unique plant species.
A factor that influences the quality of the wines they produce are the cold morning mists that rise up from the fresh water of the Peninsula Dam, expressed by the swirling design of their logo on the label. These mists in conjunction with a cold summer wind, known as the Black South-Easter blowing in from the ocean seven miles away enhance the ripening period, allowing for more flavour compounds to develop in the grapes.
Their focus on viticultural principles reflects their commitment to winemaking as an expression of terroir. The grapes come from exceptional mountain hillside vineyards; these unique vineyard sites, combined with a highly experienced viticultural team and a winemaking philosophy based about minimal intervention, followed by husband and wife winemaking team Nadia and Gordon Newton Johnson, produce wines with distinctive personalities. Each wine has a sense of place; they are seductive and memorable for their complexity, structure and elegance.
Shannon is a member of the Biodiversity Wine Initiative and maintains undisturbed virgin soil in eight meter wide corridors of natural fynbos (the native Cape flora) between the vineyards; providing the indigenous animals with territorial access from the river banks to the mountainside. They are also members of the Green Mountain Eco Route – the world’s first biodiversity wine route incorporating conservation, sustainability and social upliftment.