Situated high on the western rim of the cool-climate Elgin Valley and owned by James and Stuart Downes, Shannon Vineyards produce three highly-acclaimed site-specific wines, all with names taken from geographical features along the mountain range above the vineyards. One of the three is the Shannon Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc. Ever since the release of the maiden 2008 vintage, the Shannon Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc has garnered widespread praise and shown itself as a wine to be reckoned with, and James Downes is extremely happy with the 2016 Sanctuary Peak.
When reviewing wine, I like to rate it on:
Colour (out of 3)
Smell (out of 7)
And taste (out of 10)
So the taste has the most weighting. It is also very seldom that I rate a wine less than 3/3 for colour.
The bottle looks like something out of a Twilight movie – mysterious but also very romantic. It has a white screw cap like most Sauvignon Blancs on the market. It would make a beautiful wedding wine.
The colour was light and elegant with a slight green hue. 10% Semillon which has been oaked for 3 months in new French Oak Barrels was added for depth. 3/3
Smell: Pears for days! I could also pick up good amount of citrus and peach! If you breath in deep, you can pick up a bit of an oaky smell too. 6.5/7
Excellent balance of acidity. It’s dry yet you don’t get that sour feeling at the back of your jaw. You kind of wait for your saliva to kick in but it never does. Delightfully fruity with a lingering palate. 8.9/10
Total is: 18.4/20. I did not try it with food but it would pair perfectly with tempura prawns or seared tuna. Delicious!
So which wine will I review next?