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SHANNON VINEYARDS
MOUNT BULLET

Our label depicts the rugged, weathered Mount Bullet which stands proud at 1289m above sea level and guards the vineyards from the South Westerly storms coming all the way up from Antarctic during the autumn and winter months.

The name Mount Bullet originates from Bullet Bay on the ocean side of the mountain range. It is here that the round granite rocks when rolling back and forth in the surf zone bang against each other creating the effect of bullets being fired

The vineyard has unique low vigour soils for a cool climate. Incorporating monthly leaf plucking, strict low yield policies and yes, a little more effort in the vineyard, a distinctive wine is produced that speaks for itself. When tasting this wine for the first time most people are amazed to find that it is 100 percent Merlot.

Shorter Capsule & Larger Corks

We have incorporated in our packaging a little bit of tradition, that is in the olden days the capsules pulled over the corks were short. This allowed the buyer to inspect the quality of the longer corks used in those days. As wines have modernised capsules have got longer and corks shorter and more synthectic.

CAUTION: We have invested in very expensive corks, i.e. they are longer than normal.
So please use a good quality larger than normal cork screw to pull the corks out.

“Perfect colour extraction, fragrant, ripe red fruit medley such as plums and dark cherries, earthy with touch of orange peel complexity, lead pencil minerality, juicy, very good acidity lends an outstanding freshness very well intermingle with the ripe and delicate tannins structure, silky and elegant, almost a Pomerol in a ripe year, has everything a Merlot has to be, this is stunning stuff, enjoy now or until 2016.

It’s going to be pricey by Cape standard, but worth every single cent, and this is a must listed for anyone who takes South African wines seriously.”
2007 Shannon Vineyards Mount Bullet 92 Points
Tasted by Certified Sommelier Miguel Chan 18 November 2008,

“Just released. 100% Merlot. Five different clonal components (both French and Italian) picked and fermented differently from a single three ha plot. One clone chosen
specifically for minty flavours but then leaf plucking to reduce their presence! Planted on soils with a high quartz content in order to reduce heat stress in the summer and reduce vigour. Ambient yeast, gentle extraction. 20 months in French oak, 50% new.

Even though this is all Merlot, it has an attractive touch of Cab Franc pepperiness. Rich, sweet juicy fruit in the mid palate. Very good freshness. Not typically fleshy Merlot. Slight herbal note and very fresh on the nose. Fine, dry, fresh tannins. TA 6.12 g/ l, pH 3.4, RS 2.25 g/ l, 14%.”
Shannon, Mount Bullet 2007 Elgin 17 Drink 2011-15
Jewels from South Africa, 26 May 2009 by Julia Harding MW


“When tasting this wine for the first time most people are amazed to find that it is 100 percent Merlot. The story behind the wine is as unique as the wine itself. The name Mount Bullet originates from Bullet Bay on the ocean side of the mountain range. It is here that the round granite rocks, when rolling back and forth in the surf zone, bang against each other creating the effect of bullets being fired. It is with this same intensity that this wine hits your palate and never seems to let go. This has to one of the best Merlot's in South Africa without a doubt. The textured richness of the tannins and beautiful balance between acid and fruit, makes it more international in style. This will make any Pomerol or Saint Emillion sit up an take notice. Bravo! Only 10 Barrels made. Drink Now – 2015.”
The Vineyard Connection

“another good example of Merlot, this benefiting from 5 clones and harvested at different times for complexity and balance. It shows spicy, curranty fruit with lifted blueberry and floral notes; present but ripe tannins.  Delicious.
Shannon Mount Bullet 2007 (Elgin)
Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective, September 2008


“That so few people recognise this as a Merlot is an indication of how it goes way beyond what we have come to expect from South African Merlots. The nose is incredibly rich with beguiling layers of black and red fruits and toasty oak. The palate shows amazing concentration, again combing fruit and oak, resulting from 20 months in French oak. The wine is still young, but exhibits the geogeus aromas of blackcurrent, mulberry and black olive. It is very fine now but will grow to greatness.”
Shannon Vineyards Mount Bullet 2007
3 Top Tipples, Woolworths Taste Magazine, January 2009, Allan Mullins


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