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Shannon Mount Bullet 2011

Heavy caliber.

Any producer intent on building an ultra-premium wine brand can’t afford to ignore the US. It’s the world’s biggest wine market and relatively price insensitive at the top end. “Whether by design or good luck, we’ve made a phenomenal Merlot from … [Read more...]

Hermit on the Hill The White Knight 2009

Slayer of dragons.

On Sunday, a blind tasting exploring top-end Sauvignon Blanc. [Please note: This was a informal affair conducted among friends. The scores below are my own.] All wines from the 2009 vintage, all bar the Hermit on the Hill single property wines, some … [Read more...]

Shannon Vineyards Mount Bullet 2011


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 … [Read more...]

Lothian Vineyards Pinot Noir 2011

First step.

Local Pinot Noir, I’m watching you. Lothian Vineyards in Elgin was established in 2004, first bottling in 2010, and counts another newbie but the already prestigious Shannon Vineyards as its immediate neighbour. The 2011 comes from a 2.25 ha vineyard … [Read more...]

Shannon Vineyards Mount Bullet 2010

James Downes of Shannon Vineyards

Yesterday a visit to Shannon Vineyards in Elgin for a better understanding of why this operation produces one of the better Merlots around. First a really insightful tour of the vineyards with co-owner and viticulturist James Downes. Merlot makes … [Read more...]

Shannon Vineyards Mount Bullet 2010


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 … [Read more...]