26 Aug 2010
Shannon Sauvignon Blanc 2009
This wine came as a big surprise to us. Could this be the best Sauvignon Blanc from the Southern Hemisphere…?
Shannon Vineyards is located in the cool climate, high elevation Elgin Ward. Elgin has been known for apple and pear growing for a very long time. More recently there has been a budding wine route that has sprung up. Established in 2000, Shannon Winery has come virtually out of nowhere to position itself as one South Africa's top Sauvignon Blanc producers. A recent tasting in Las Vegas, with a number of highly acclaimed Sommeliers and Master Sommeliers from major restaurants, was a revelation on how good the 2009 Shannon Sauvignon Blanc is. The small group had to sit back and recall what they had tried from the New World that could even draw comparisons, ultimately having to go to France and the Loire Valley, where the name Dagueneau came up for comparative purposes.
For those not familiar with the wines of the now deceased Didier Dagueneau, his Sauvignon Blancs, from the Pouilly Fumé appellation were considered some of the finest in the world and retail for well in excess of $50 per bottle. Before his untimely passing, Didier was considered by those in the know as the King of Sauvignon Blanc. His wines offer a sublime textural quality and razor sharp precision and cut to the fruit that made them world class in every way. The Shannon Sauvignon Blanc 2009
is all of that, but at a fraction of the price. Extremely limited - only 1000 cases were produced and less than 200 will find their way into the US market.
Posted by John