Shannon Semillon, Elgin Valley
The region of Elgin has grown a reputation for producing some of South Africa's best white wines.
It shows a very distinctive musky nose, with notes of ginger, lime zest and quinine; the palate is full and rounded finishing with a saline minerality alongside spice and citrus.
Country: South Africa
Shannon’s Sémillon vineyards are planted on Table Mountain Sandstone, about eight miles away from the cooling influence of the Atlantic Ocean; the vineyard temperatures here are similar to those of Bordeaux on the north facing sites. Selected parcels of grapes undergo some skin contact, prior to fermentation in barrel using the natural yeasts. The finished wine is matured in new French oak barrels for three months with bâtonnage practised fortnightly.