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Shannon Rockview Ridge Pinot Noir 2013

Not for nothing is Pinot Noir known as the heartbreak grape. If the Rockview Ridge Pinot Noir from Shannon Vineyards in Elgin was overdone (too much heavy toast oak) four or five vintages ago, the team (James Downes in the vineyard and Gordon and Nadia Newton Johnson in the cellar) seem to have gone too [...]

May 15, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Shannon Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2014

While some Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends present too much Sauvignon character, which is to say appear lean and green, the Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (R105 a bottle) which includes a portion of Semillon is arguably too rich and complex to be pitched as a single-variety wine. The amount of Semillon – 11% fermented spontaneously and [...]

September 24, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Shannon Mount Bullet Merlot 2011

The release of a new vintage of Mount Bullet Merlot from Shannon Vineyards in Elgin can only be met with high expectations – the 2008 vintage was rated 5 Stars in the 2011 edition of Platter’s while the 2007, 2009 and 2011 were all nominated for the guide’s ultimate accolade. The 2011 is now out [...]

March 31, 2014
by Christian
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Elgin White Wine Retrospective

Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin has been rather overlooked relative to the Chardonnay from this district in recent times but yesterday during a tasting of 35 whites of various vintage, the 16 examples of Sauvignon proved compelling. That’s not to say the seven examples of Chardonnay disappointed but the Sauvignon is right up there. Much introspection [...]

November 20, 2013
by Christian
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Steenberg HMS Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Last night, dinner at Grande Provence for the announcement of the Top 6 Méthode Cap Classique as well as the Top 6 Sauvignon Blanc as featured in the December/January issue of Classic Wine, the magazine published by Gauteng music station Classic FM. I was commissioned to write an article on Klein Constantia so hence my [...]

December 6, 2012
by Christian
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CE’s top 12 wines of 2012

Below are my dozen most memorable wines of 2012. Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2011 Price: R150 This is a label which has been around for a while but under the careful stewardship of winemaker Sebastian Beaumont just seems to get more refined and sophisticated. Colmant Brut Chardonnay Price: R168 Monday 30 January was the [...]

December 3, 2012
by Christian
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Shannon Vineyards Rockview Ridge Pinot Noir 2009

One suspects that when the Downes brothers set about establishing Shannon Vineyards in Elgin back in 2000, they thought they’d make their name with Pinot Noir rather than Merlot, the fact that out of the 15.5ha they cultivate, 6ha are the former and only 3ha the latter providing support for this line of thinking. It [...]

June 15, 2011
by Christian
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Best wines of 2010: CE’s choice

Below is a list of my 10 best wines for 2010. Where I encountered them blind, I scored them well enough but they appear here in that they provided me with great drinking pleasure. Some are established benchmarks, others are relative newcomers that I think show the way forward. Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2009 [...]

December 6, 2010
by Christian
with 4 Comments
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