Shannon Triangle Block Sémillon 2017 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Elgin
R250
In stock
(Only 4 left)
Top 10
WM
'Spontaneously fermented and matured for 11 months in French oak, 30% new. Complex aromatics including citrus, peach and blackcurrant as well as thatch and some nuttiness. The palate is marked by dense fruit and bright acidity – layers of flavour, lovely weight and texture.' – Winemag Prescient Minority Report 2020, Top 10

'Adds vineyard name with perfectly poised 2017. Lambswool & hay on scintillating array of aromas & flavours, focused by rapier-like acidity. As with 2016 (5 stars, 95 pts) & previous, ferment in 30% new oak, 9 months at 3°C to retain freshness of lemon-toned fruit.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (93/100)

'I wish I had more,' says James Downes of this 0.5-hectare parcel of Semillon, planted in 2000. I don’t blame him, because this is a subtle, herbal delight, showing leesy weight, stylish oak and a refreshing, elegant finish. Drink 2019-24.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 92/100

'The focus of this wine is based on a vineyard component arising from unique low yielding Table Mountain Sandstone soils. Using natural yeasts, Shannon Semillon expresses a very distinctive musky nose combining ginger, quinine, lime zest, cardamom in a minerally and flinty style. The naturally fermented Semillon, matured on the lees, provides a fuller mouth feel and adds to the complexity of the wine. It is round on entry, then dense and concentrated in the middle, with a saline element giving the spice and citrus flavors a tactile feel that reminded one of an Old World version of this grape. This wine was vinified in a style that enhances the aging potential of Semillon.' – Winemaker
More Information
Condition New
Alcohol 13.5%
Body Light to medium-bodied
Blend information 100% Sémillon
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Sémillon
Rating WM Top 10
Technical analysis RS: 2.4 g/L | TA: 6.5 g/L | PH: 3.15
Producer information The name Shannon pays homage to the owner’s ancestors who come from Irish descent. Located in the Elgin Valley within the Kogelberg Biosphere, Shannon Vineyards’ unique terroir speaks for itself. With the Peninsula Dam creating the eastern boundary of the farm, the vineyards experience a cooling blanket of mist which is such a great geographical influencer on the farm’s climate, that Shannon has included the river mist in their logo. As such, the winemaking follows a minimal intervention approach to allow the different terroirs to be expressed in the wines.
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