Shannon Vineyards Black 2016
By Christian Eedes, 15 October 2020
The acclaimed Mount Bullet Merlot from Elgin property Shannon Vineyards is made from 3ha of vineyard planted to five different clones. The wine labelled as Black is a bottling of one particular clone, the 2016 vintage made from MO192, originally an Italian selection.
Matured for 20 months in French oak, 50% new, the nose shows blue fruit, a touch of olive and turned earth while the palate is rich and broad – dense fruit to go with bright acidity before a savoury finish. As ever, it provides a fascinating insight into how Mount Bullet is eventually assembled. Price: R1 500 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 91/100.
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