One Elgin producer who’s getting it right when it comes to red wine is Shannon Vineyards. Yesterday at a workshop held to explore if the ward’s red wines have any meaningful sense of place, the Rockview Ridge Pinot Noir 2012 and the Mount Bullet 2011.
Rockview Ridge Pinot Noir 2012
Rather shy on the nose (the dark aromas of earlier vintages thankfully no longer in evidence). Light bodied but pure and focused. Red fruit, bright acidity and fine tannins. Admirable restraint shown with regards the use of oak – matured for 12 months in barrels from three Burgundian coopers, 30% new.
Mount Bullet 2011
Red and black berries plus attractive oak. Good intensity, bright acidity, smooth but not slippery tannins. Sweet fruited but also a slight maritime quality. More plush than the 2010 (marginally less dry, lower in TA and higher in pH) and sure to seduce many.