With the vineyards coming of age, perfect vintage conditions and meticulous viticulture, Shannon have shot the lights out with their Mount Bullet Merlot 2015. When visiting the Mount Bullet vineyards last week, I was reminded of the painstaking effort it takes to produce what we believe is SA’s finest Merlot. Backed by multiple awards, many Platter’s 5-star ratings and the recent crowning as SA’s top wine in the Winemag Merlot Report, this is undoubtedly SA’s very best!
Some consider Merlot to be as fickle and difficult as Pinot Noir. With an especially challenging picking window, vintage conditions are more important than ever and play a significant role in the success of the 2015 Mount Bullet which is a near-perfect local Merlot. Crushed herbs mingle with dark seductive aromas and the palate is plush, layered and complex. The coated tannins are gentle and lead on to a fresh, long and fine finish. This is a classy wine and a South African benchmark.
Shannon, Mount Bullet Merlot 2015 – R 400
From a 3ha block planted to five different clones. Matured for 20 months in French oak, 20% new. Black berries, some appealing herbal character, earth and attractive oak on the nose. Extraordinary depth of fruit, lovely freshness and a long, savoury finish. Concentrated without being weighty and supremely well balanced. – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 92/100