Shannon Vineyards Mount Bullet 2010

March 26, 2012
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 2 Comments


Before we despair of Merlot as a single-variety wine under local conditions, it’s worthwhile to reference the outstanding example that is Mount Bullet from Shannon Vineyards in Elgin. A sneak preview of the 2010 suggests that grower James Downes and winemakers Gordon and Nadia Newton Johnson of Newton Johnson Vineyards have refined their game even further – the wine manages to be plush and smooth textured like good Merlot should be but simultaneously complex with layers and layers of flavour – red and black fruit, milk chocolate and subtle savoury notes including oyster shell and black olive. It’s rich and broad but also has great drive; it’s bursting with fruit but this is pure and perfectly delineated; and it really hangs around without being astringent or mouth drying. From 3ha planted to five clones, the wine spent 20 months in French oak, 40% new. Score: 18/20 – a really exciting wine.

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  1. SmirrieMarch 28, 2012 at 5:38 amReply

    Christian i love your website a lot. Can you however when tasting a wine tell your readers the price of each wine.

    I am of the opinion that it will make your articles even better.

    And jeez what good winemakers did the newton johnson become. They rock

    • ChristianMarch 28, 2012 at 8:04 amReplyAuthor

      Completely agree that prices are relevant. Mount Bullet 2010 not released yet but 2009 sold for R270 a bottle from the farm.

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