The wines of Shannon, Elgin
South Africa revisited part 21: Shannon, a new producer from Elgin


A family run winery, Shannon is owned by James and Stuart Downes.

They planted their vineyards and sold grapes to top producers for the first 8 years, while they were researching how to proceed. Now they are in the second vintage of making their own wines. James is, apparently, the neatest, most precise farmer you could imagine.

The vineyard consists of 12 different blocks of Pinot Noir, 7 blocks of Sauvignon Blanc, small amounts of Semillon and Viognier, and a Merlot vineyard planted with five different clones, from both France and Italy.


Shannon Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Elgin
15% Semillon is used to fatten out the mid palate. Taut, crisp nose is fresh, mineral and focused. There are some citrus and grapefruit notes. The palate is lively with lovely chalky, mineral, rapefruit character. Very stylish and focused with some fruit richness and a spicy mineral finish. Lovely purity. 92/100

Shannon Rockview Pinot Noir 2008 Elgin
Unusual nose. Cherries, berries and herbs with some savoury soy sauce and spice notes. The palate is savoury and taut with herb and dark cherry notes, as well as some undergrowth character. Savoury, with a tangy finish. 86/100

Shannon Mount Bullet 2008
This is a varietal Merlot from five different clones. Lovely sweet, pure berry fruit nose with some spiciness. Very seductive. The palate is sweet, lush, ripe and pure with spicy minerality under the fruit and subtle chalkiness. A serious wine. 93/100

Part 1, Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards
Part 2, Cape Point Vineyards
Part 3, AA Badenhorst Family Wines
Part 4, Eben Sadie: Sadie Family Wines and Sequillo Cellars
Part 5, Paul Kretzel of Lammershoek
Part 6, Mullineux Family Wines
Part 7, Vondeling
Part 8, Scali
Part 9, Sterhuis
Part 10, Raats
Part 11, Migliarina
Part 12, Charles Back and Fairview
Part 13, Hermit on the Hill
Part 14, Klein Constantia
Part 15, Iona, Elgin
Part 16, Paul Cluver, Elgin
Part 17, Eagles' Nest, Constantia
Part 18, Anthonij Rupert
Part 19, Rupert & Rothschild
Part 20, Oak Valley, Elgin
Part 21, Shannon, Elgin

Wines tasted 10/10  
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