Just as I tend to avoid the so-called ‘herd instinct’ when it comes to investments, I’m inclined to gravitate away from the norm in terms of wine preferences. During the time when most South Africans were enjoying crispy sauvignon blancs, my palate was yearning for something less acidic or ‘racy’. My favourite white variety was semillon. However, there were few estates – mainly around Franschhoek – producing quality semillons, and even today the list remains short. It was therefore with absolute delight that we sampled the Shannon Vineyards Triangle Block Semillon 2017 recently.
Shannon Vineyards near Elgin is perhaps not as well known as some of the older estates in the area. However, the owners have in a relatively short period established a reputation for meticulous viticulture practices. The grapes for the Triangle Block Semillon 2017 are sourced from unique, low-yielding Table Mountain sandstone soils.
On the nose the wine is complex, with an array of flavours ranging from musk, hay and lime zest, and a distinctive flintiness. These flavours repeat on the palate. The lees maturation provides a full mouthfeel, yet it’s dense in the mid-palate, while the acidity ensures that the wine fills the entire spectrum. An element of spice and lime with a not-uncommon hint of saline provides some old-world charm.
The complexity of the wine invites the drinker to ‘explore’ and linger on the next sip. The Triangle Block Semillon 2017 is undoubtedly a food wine, but it’s an intriguing and most enjoyable drink on its own.
WHAT’S ON OFFER
Sanlam Private Wealth clients can purchase the Shannon Vineyards Triangle Block Semillon 2017 for a special price of R225 per bottle (retail price R250).
The offer is open exclusively to SPW clients. All wine offers expire after 30 days. Subject to availability.
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