Kershaw Syrah Elgin Clonal Selection 2017
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Englishman Richard Kershaw started a boutique winery in Elgin with the prestigious Master of Wine diploma in his pocket. Since 2012, he has been producing phenomenal wines from dozens of small plots - each with a perfect match between climate, soil type and grape variety. For optimal vineyard expression, Kershaw only uses area-specific Syrah clones. During the harvest, the grapes are picked by hand and rigorously selected. For the transport of grapes and juice, Kershaw works exclusively with gravity in the cellar, so without harmful pumps.
The Clonal Selection Syrah is not a blockbuster, but very precise and pure with fine red fruit, a creamy softness and beautiful toast scents from the maturation in oak barrels. The compact structure is also characteristic, which is related to the better Northern Rhône wines. Magnificent! Production is limited to just 8,000 bottles.
In 2011, owner Richard Kershaw MW established Richard Kershaw Wines (RKW) to create clonally selected, site-specific, cool climate wine paradigms from apposite noble grapes ie ones with the ability to produce world-class examples. SA's coolest wine district, Elgin Valley, reflected these principles benefitting from higher altitude, ocean proximity, specific cloud cover sequencing, high cold units and a large diurnal range, enabling the germane grapes, Chardonnay and Syrah, to show a sense of place.
The grapes were handpicked under autumnal skies into small lug baskets and then manually sorted on a conveyor before the stems were removed. The destemmed berries fell onto a vibrating table in order to remove jacks and substandard berries before dropping into a small 500kg conical hopper and forklifted into open-topped fermenters. The grapes underwent a 3-day maceration before spontaneous fermentation began. A gentle pigeage program was charted and the grapes remained on skins for 23 days. The wine was then racked to barrel using gravity flow (no pumps were used at all) and the pomace basket pressed. Malolactic then proceeded in barrel followed by a light sulphuring and 15 month maturation. No finings were necessary and the wine was racked, blended and bottled with each bottle bearing a unique reference number.
A small number of artisanal coopers were selected from Burgundy and Rhone, with only French oak chosen. 50% of the oak was new with the remainder split into 2nd and 3rd fill barrels.
13.87%. For more information see extended technical sheet available on www.richardkershawwines.co.za
Subtle, precise style built on fine tannins that educate harmony, freshness with flavors of black skinned fruit, iodine and ground white peppercorns.
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