Kershaw, Clonal Selection Elgin Chardonnay 2017 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Elgin
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R590

Critic Score

94
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100% Chardonnay made from Dijon clones CY96, CY95, CY76 and the Entav clone CY548

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, the Kershaw Elgin Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir and Kershaw Deconstructed 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.

Tasting notes:
'Eleven plots and four different clones (76, 95, 96 and 548) go into this impressive Chardonnay from English Master of Wine, Richard Kershaw. White flowers, tangerine and citrus notes, with some yeasty complexity and lovely focus. 2019-25.' – Tim Atkin SA Report 2018, 94/100

'Restrained, mineral style focussed on elegance with a white fruit character, some oatmeal and some complexity gained from percipient applied wood.' – Richard Kershaw, Winemaker

Viticulture:
Whilst 2017 experienced a cool winter to enable good vine dormancy, the rainfall was low and followed similar conditions felt in 2015 and 2016. Budbreak took place in ideal warm sunny conditions whilst flowering was a touch earlier than normal; strong blustery winds meant pollination took longer to complete. As a result, berry set was uneven leading to some smaller berries that despite a lower yield did have good concentration of flavours. Despite expecting an early harvest an unusually cool December slowed down ripening whilst some January rain during veraison helped nourish the soils and more importantly, helped the vine focus on grape ripening rather than foliage & root growth. Harvest took place under blue skies in late February through to mid-March. The net result of the drier year is that the grapes had decent natural acidity, achieved steady phenolic ripeness and plenty of intense fruit flavours.

Vinification:
Grapes were hand-picked in the early autumnal mornings, placed into small lug baskets and tipped directly into a press before being gently whole-bunch pressed up to a maximum of 0.6 bar or until a low juice recovery of 590 litres per ton was obtained. The juice gravity-flowed directly to barrel (no pumps were used at all) without settling. The unclarified juice had no enzymes or yeast added to it and therefore underwent spontaneous fermentation until dry, with malolactic discouraged. The wine rested in barrel for 4 months prior to judicious sulphuring and a further 7 months’ maturation in barrel before racking, blending and bottling.

More Information
Variety Chardonnay
Blend information 100% Chardonnay
Rating TA 94
Winemaker Richard Kershaw
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Producer information 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, the Kershaw Elgin Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir and Kershaw Deconstructed Chardonnay and Syrah are made by South Africa's only winemaking Master of Wine, Richard Kershaw.
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