Shannon Vineyards - Downes Family Vineyards Merlot, Elgin, South Africa 2018-Red Wine-Vecinos Market

Shannon Vineyards - Downes Family Vineyards Merlot, Elgin, South Africa 2018

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Considerable emphasis is placed on maximising the different French and Italian merlot expressions in the vineyard but picked and vinified all together and matured in older French barrels before final blending. The wine has a fragrance of ripe red fruits such as plums and dark cherries, with earthy complexity and yet still expressing minerality. Maintaining a good acidity lends to outstanding freshness with a well integrated ripe and seductive tannin structure. Incorporating a minimal winemaking intervention approach, apart from the inculated ferment and only two to three “punch downs” daily, retains silkiness and elegance.