Shannon Pinot Noir 2016
Elgin’s climate is milder than the average Mediterranean climate. Snow occasionally covers the highest peaks. The “Black South-Easter” known for its gusting cold winds and rain showers is the result of strong summer south-easterly maritime winds blowing off the South Atlantic Ocean 12 kilometers away. This creates a cloud mantle across the Elgin valley, markedly lowering daytime temperatures. This cool climate ensures long, slow ripening of the grapes under ideal growing conditions, with the sugar, pH, acid and avour compounds in balance to produce elegant and re ned wines. ShannonVineyards grapes ripen later than other Cape vineyards and are in perfect balance. Elgin is classified as Region II on the Winkler scale. Growing conditions on the north facing slopes are similar to Bordeaux and its south facing slopes similar to Burgundy.
Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Clones planted : PN 113, 114, 115, 667 and 777 (12 vineyard blocks)
Rootstock : Richter 110 and 101-14
Soil types : From heavy “na-bank (Afrikaans) clays and iron enriched Bokkeveld shales to silica quartz encrusted Table Mountain Sandstones.
Aspect of vineyards : South, South East and east facing slopes.
Ha planted : 6 ha
Planting distance : 2.2m x 1m & 2.2m x 1.2m
Vines per hectare : 3787 to 4545 vines
Trellis system : Vertical shoot positioning -5-wire Hedge system.
Irrigation : Combination of drip & micro irrigation.
Average Production : 3-4 tons per hectare (19-26 hl/ha).
Harvest dates : Last week of February and first week of March.
Altitude : 260 metres to 300 metres above sea level.
Temperature : Average growing season temperature of a cool 17,5°C.
Rainfall : Summers are dry with abundant rainfall, mostly in the winter months.