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2014 KERSHAW ELGIN CHARDONNAY

Restrained, mineral style focussed on elegance with a white fruit character, some oatmeal and some complexity gained from percipient wood application. In 2014, this was interpreted into wines that have focus with understated power, pure fruit expression and incredible concentration of flavour whilst maintaining elegance and semblance of texture that will likely develop exceptionally over the next decade.

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2013 KERSHAW ELGIN SYRAH

Subtle, precise style built on fine tannins that educe harmony, freshness with flavours of black skinned fruit, iodine and ground white peppercorns. In 2014, the Syrah was interpreted as having a complex savoury profile wrapped around a deep fruit core, freshness of flavour with cracked pepper, black cherry and exotic spices, gracefully set on powder fine tannins.

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2013 KERSHAW ELGIN CHARDONNAY

Clonally defined, site-specific Chardonnay made from Dijon clones 76, 95 & 96 sourced in Elgin. Restrained, mineral style focussed on elegance with a white fruit character, some oatmeal and complexity gained from percipient wood application.

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2012 KERSHAW ELGIN SYRAH

Whilst stocks last

Clonally defined, site-specific Syrah made from clones 9c & 21 sourced in Elgin. Subtle, precise style built on fine tannins that educes harmony, freshness and flavours of black fruit, iodine, medicinal and black pepper.

Selecting the best clonal varieties for the terroir, and the characteristics of the wines we seek to produce, winemaker Richard Kershaw makes wine that is a true reflection of what is in the vine and soil – delicate, fresh, structured and complex.

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2014 KERSHAW ELGIN SYRAH

Reserve Wine

2015 KERSHAW ELGIN CHARDONNAY

Reserve Wine

Our grapes are grown in the cool climate vineyards of Elgin in the Western Cape of South Africa. We produce only a very limited number of cases of Kershaw Elgin Chardonnay and Kershaw Elgin Syrah each vintage. Our aim always is to produce some of the best wines of their style in South Africa.
- Richard Kershaw
ABOUT RICHARD KERSHAW

Founder and Winemaker of Richard Kershaw Wines

Born and raised in the UK, Richard enjoyed a successful career as a chef before finding wine. After travelling extensively, he arrived in South Africa in 1999 and by 2009 was Group Winemaker of Mulderbosch and Kanu.

One of only 10 Masters of Wine who actively make their own wines, he is pursuing his dream in Elgin in the Overberg region of the Western Cape. He focuses on cool climate, site-specific, clonally selected wines.

When not in the vineyard or cellar, he is much in demand for wine show judging. He also lectures for the WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) in South Africa, and share the breadth of his knowledge with students and consumers via talks, tastings and blogs.

His first two vintages (2012 & 2013) of his Kershaw Elgin Chardonnay, both received 5 stars in the Platter’s Wine Guide with the 2012 Kershaw Elgin Chardonnay being selected as one of the ‘Top 10 Chardonnays in the World outside Burgundy’ by Decanter. Made from Dijon clones, the Kershaw Elgin Chardonnays are Burgundian and elegant in style.

His first vintage (2012) of Kershaw Elgin Syrah has received international recognition, in particular being highly rated by Jancis Robinson. Northern Rhone in style, this wine is not typical of the usual South African warmer region Shiraz offerings.

HISTORY

History of Kershaw Wines

Richard Kershaw Wines was established in January 2012 to create clonally selected, site-specific, cool climate wines in the Elgin Valley, South Africa’s coolest wine region.

Focusing on apposite noble grapes, i.e. ones with the ability to produce world-class examples, our Kershaw Elgin Chardonnay and Syrah are made by South Africa’s only winemaking Master of Wine, Richard Kershaw.

The Elgin Valley benefits from higher altitude, ocean proximity, specific cloud cover sequencing, high cold units and a large diurnal range, similar to Southern Burgundy and the Northern Rhône, which enables the germane grapes, Chardonnay and Syrah, to show a sense of place.

The Kershaw Elgin Chardonnay makes use of the lower-yielding Dijon clones, namely 76, 95 & 96 (developed at the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France),
offering a restrained, mineral style focused on elegance with a white, fruit character, some oatmeal, and complexity gained from percipient wood.

The Kershaw Elgin Syrah makes use of local clones 9c and 22 giving subtlety and precision built on fine tannins that educe harmony, freshness and flavours of black fruit, iodine, medicinal notes and black pepper.

Each wine is made from 3-4 small parcels on terroir-specific plots with particular soils types. They are all handpicked into small lugs and vinified in Elgin travelling no more than 10-15 minutes between vineyard and cellar, avoiding unnecessary crushing and premature juice oxidation. In the cellar, they are handled minimally using a gravity-fed system that avoids pumping and no products are added to the wine.

ABOUT ELGIN

MEET OUR TEAM

The Master of Wine, & the brains behind him!

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Liezel Punt
PA to Richard Kershaw MW
Loves baking and won’t be seen dead without high-heeled shoes.
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Richard Kershaw
Founder and Winemaker
``It may be just be that the sole purpose of my existence is to serve as a warning to others``.
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Jan Sleet
Direct Sales and Marketing
Most happy in a swimming pool and can do the splits.

“Our commitment is to make the best wines possible from the vine clones best suited to our unique terroir. Our grapes are grown in the cool climate vineyards of Elgin in the Western Cape of South Africa. We produce only a very limited number of cases of Kershaw Elgin Chardonnay and Kershaw Elgin Syrah each vintage. Our aim always is to produce some of the best wines of their style in South Africa.”

– Richard Kershaw

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