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Shannon Woolworths Merlot 2011

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Budget Mount Bullet.
Budget Mount Bullet?

The Shannon Vineyards Merlot 2011 made exclusively for Woolworths at R129.95 bottle is a decent drop but it’s a few degrees off Mount Bullet, this Elgin property’s top-end example of the variety.

Made by Catherine Marshall, it was subjected to less oak and comes in at 13.5% abv compared to 14.5% for the Mount Bullet of the same vintage.

More red fruit than black and a subtle maritime quality. Medium bodied with bright acidity and fine tannins. Clean and correct but for a wine sitting well over a R100 a bottle perhaps a bit short of heft and complexity.

Score: 87/100.

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