Tim Atkin's Rating: 98 points Platter's Guide: 94 points
James Downes, winemaker and viticulturist at Shannon Vineyards, was named Grower of The Year in Tim Atkin's 2019 South Africa Report.
The best Merlots from South Africa that compares with the best world examples come from this boutique vineyard in Elgin. With aromas and flavors of plums and dark cherries, it has earthy complexity and minerality. It has great acidity lending freshness to the wine, and a ripe and elegant tannin structure. Under optimal cellar conditions, this wine will drink well into 2035.
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