Shannon RocknRolla Pinot Noir 2019: It is rock and roll!
It is rock and roll!
Shannon RocknRolla Pinot Noir 2019
Few wines have been this exciting for us. While the 2019 is the third vintage made by the Pinot masters, Gordon and Nadia Newton Johnson, we were unable to offer you any stock of the first two releases (2016 and 2018). But finally, we have managed to secure a small, exclusive allocation of the 2019 – the only ones in SA.
The Shannon RocknRolla is sourced from a vineyard established in 2000 and the age of the vines really shows. There is a layered complexity with beautiful fruit weight and structure on the palate – so often missing in our top Pinots. This is one of Elgin's finest Pinot Noirs and will certainly develop a future following, so be sure to get some!
Gordon named it RocknRolla as the barrels from this single vineyard were always a head and shoulders above the others. It took some convincing but, wow, what a wine. Grown in Shannon’s oldest block, the vines (Dijon clone 113) were planted by one of SA’s best grape growers, James Downes. First destemmed, the berries were sorted and then fermented with natural yeasts, leading to a slow fermentation before being aged in lightly toasted barrels (50% new). There is a wonderful sense of depth here that is rarely seen in local Pinot.
This small-batch cuvée, of which only 1000 bottles are produced, is the most exciting addition to Elgin’s portfolio in a long time.