Richard Kershaw MW’s ‘remarkable Chardonnay has established itself as one of the finest examples of the variety in the Cape,’ says Tim Atkin. His extensive knowledge and dedication are leading both the Elgin and the South African Chardonnay evolution; he produces world class wine. The 2014 came out as the best in this ‘SA vs The Rest of the World’ Chardonnay tasting. Focusing on what is best suited to Elgin, Richard started with Chardonnay but soon branched out to Syrah and now Pinot Noir.
Produced in small quantities, his multiple award-winning Chardonnays and Syrahs have just been released. These exclusive deconstructed clonal expression packs are rare snapshots of the components that make up the final Clonal Chardonnay and Syrah.
The Kershaw Deconstructed Chardonnay Pack includes a set of 3 site, soil and clone specific Elgin Chardonnays from the excellent 2015 vintage – highly rated in the Winemag Chardonnay Report, Platter’s Guide and scoring up to 96/100 in the Tim Atkin SA Report. There are only a handful of these special packs available. These are blending components of the excellent Kershaw Clonal Selection Elgin Chardonnay 2015.
The Kershaw Deconstructed Syrah Pack includes a set of 2 site, soil and clone specific Elgin Syrahs that form part of the Platter’s 5-star rated Kershaw Clonal Selection Elgin Syrah 2014.
We also received a tiny quantity of the maiden vintage Kershaw Clonal Selection Pinot Noir 2015 (only 520 bottles produced). This is a remarkably rich Elgin Pinot with fine layers of opulent fruit lifted by fine acidity and supported by good tannins. It should evolve beautifully over the next 10 years. This is a fine example of Richard’s deft hand in the cellar.
All the wines mentioned above are available in extremely small quantities.
Kershaw, Clonal Selection Elgin Chardonnay 2015 – R 465
First made as recently as 2011, this remarkable Chardonnay has established itself as one of the finest examples of the variety in the Cape. There’s slightly more malolactic in the 2015, but otherwise, the wine comes from the same eight sites and is made to a winning style. Leesy, spicy, tangy and complex, it’s a Cape Puligny-Montrachet. Drink: 2016-21. – Tim Atkin, South Africa Report 2016, 95/100
Kershaw, Clonal Selection Elgin Syrah 2014 – R 410
Allspice and white pepper nuances to focused, iodine-tinged dark berry fruit of seamless 2014, the epitome of balance and refinement. – Platter’s Wine Guide 2017, 5 stars
Kershaw, Clonal Selection Elgin Pinot Noir 2015 – R495
This is a remarkably rich Elgin Pinot with fine layers of opulent fruit lifted by fine acidity and supported by good tannins. It should evolve beautifully over the next 10 years. This is a fine example of Richard’s deft hand in the cellar.
Kershaw, Deconstructed Chardonnay 3-Pack – R 2,425
Kershaw, Deconstructed Groenland Bokkeveld Shale CY548 Chardonnay 2015
The Kershaw range is expanding into a series of single clone bottling, made in small quantities. This is the so-called Corton-Charlemagne clone, grown on Bokkeveld shale soils at 450 metres. Powerful, broad and very Burgundian, with subtle oaking and taut minerality, it’s a stunning wine. Drink: 2016-21. – Tim Atkin MW, South Africa Report 2016, 96/100
Kershaw, Deconstructed Lake District Bokkeveld Shale CY95 Chardonnay 2015
This is the clone that makes up the bulk of the main Kershaw Chardonnay and you can see why, given its breadth, texture and concentration. Mealy, leesy, complex and rich, with lots of spicy vanilla oak for company. Peach and nectarine flavours add a note of fruit sweetness. Drink: 2016-20. – Tim Atkin MW, South Africa Report 2016, 95/100
Kershaw, Deconstructed Groenland Koffieklip CY96 Chardonnay 2015
Grown on red koffeeklip soils on the northern side of Elgin, this is the most elegant of the three Kershaw clonal bottlings: floral, refined and well balanced, with real focus and notes of baking spices, fresh lemon and orange zest. Drink: 2016-22. – Tim Atkin MW, South Africa Report 2016, 93/100
Kershaw, Deconstructed Syrah 2-Pack – R 1,450
Kershaw, Deconstructed Lake District Cartref SH22 Syrah 2014
The SH22 clone makes up around 15% of the main Kershaw Syrah and tends to have a meaty, slightly reductive note. Smoky, firm and compact, it’s the sort of thing that adds structure to a cuvée but is a little austere on its own. Drink: 2016-21. – Tim Atkin MW, South Africa Report 2016, 90/100
Kershaw, Deconstructed Lake District Cartref SH9c Syrah 2014
Located on koffeeklip soils, this clone contributes 85% of the blend to the main Kershaw Syrah. It’s sweet, floral and aromatic, with rose petal and violet scents, subtle oaking and a free flowing, mineral finish. It just lacks a bit of pepper spice. Drink: 2016-21. – Tim Atkin MW, South Africa Report 2016, 92/100