Six Platter’s 5-Stars in Three Years for Shannon Vineyards & Merlot of the Year Award…

Shannon Vineyards Capall Bán 2015

Shannon Vineyards was once again affirmed as one of the leading suppliers of fine wines in the Elgin Valley at the unveiling of the 2019 edition of the Platter’s SA Wine Guide on Monday evening. These accolades follow a highly successful year for Shannon Vineyards and is a leading testament to their ongoing aspiration of making wines expressive of their unique terroir.

The 39th edition of The Platter’s by Diner’s Club South African Wine Guide 2019 was unveiled at the Table Bay Hotel on Monday 5 November with over 200 guests invited, including VIP winemakers who all achieved a 5-star rating for their wines. A 5-star rating is reserved for wines that score 95+ points and is considered classic South African wines.

Shannon Black 2013

Shannon Vineyards received two 5-stars, one for the Shannon Capall Bán 2015 and one for the Shannon Black 2013, continuing its successful streak of two 5-stars per year for the last three years, or a total of six 5-stars in three years. Further to this success, the Shannon Black 2013 was also awarded Merlot of the Year 2019. “This has been a truly successful year for us,” says Stuart Downes, co-owner and head of marketing at Shannon Vineyards. “While our focus remains on the viticulture principles and our commitment to winemaking as an expression of terroir, these achievements also reflect the dedication of our talented team who share our passion.”

The Shannon Black 2013, also known as Black Bullet, is selected each year from one of the five clones of the 3ha Mount Bullet vineyards that best reflects the unique characteristics of a particular year. It’s 100% Merlot and a small hand bottling captures this classic expression in the bottle only with vintages that the team feel are special enough.

Stuart & James Downes

The newly released Shannon Capall Bán 2015, a white Bordeaux style blend of 70% Semillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc were awarded the second 5-star rating. “The focus of this wine is based on vineyard components arising from unique low yielding Table Mountain Sandstone soils,” says James Downes, co-owner and farm manager at Shannon Vineyards. While the Shannon Semillon is known for excellent quality, the added Sauvignon Blanc component provides a substantial aromatic lift to the wine. The wine also pays homage to the family-run and formed owned pub in Parsons Green London, called The White Horse Pub.

Shannon Vineyards, known for producing world-class Merlot, places considerable emphasis on capturing the clone expressions in the wine from what is known as the “oldest Merlot vineyard” in Elgin. The Mount Bullet, a blend of the 5 different clones, leaves a trail of accolades and achievements with a 5-star rating in the 2010 edition, two 5-stars in the 2017 and 2018 Platter’s edition, a Certificate of Excellence from MW Tim Atkin and first place at the Christian Eedes 2018 Merlot Report, amongst others.

A Shannon Vineyard in winter

“Merlot is a huge category in in South Africa,” says Atkin, “but there’s only one world-class example: Mount Bullet. The stylish patrician red made from five different clones and grown on clay soils is smooth, textured and beautifully balanced, all perfume, nuance, acidity and savoury tannins.”

Shannon Vineyards’ steadfast focus on producing quality wines with a strong viticulture focus demonstrates its success with a steady stream of prominent awards both locally and internationally.

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