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Winery of the Week: Richard Kershaw Wines

Richard Kershaw – owner and cellarmaster of this highly reputed Elgin-based winery and with a prestigious Master of Wine diploma tucked under his arm – has always been greatly interested in varietal clones as well as terroir (as members of his direct-to-customer Clonehead Club well know). So perhaps the launch of his Kershaw Deconstructed range was inevitable: extremely limited bottlings of the specific site, soil and clone offerings that are also blended into his Syrah and Chardonnay. Only slightly less limited is the release to local and ever-expanding export markets of his maiden Pinot Noir, also from cool-climate Elgin of course.


Richard Kershaw Wines Elgin Chardonnay 2015

Kershaw Clonal Selection
Category: Chardonnay wooded

A masterpiece of understatement & harmony; precise, classy - delicious too! Maximal taste from minimal intervention. Scintillating 2015 interleaves white pear & oatmeal tones, but gorgeous as the fruit is, the real beauty is in the gossamer texture. More 

Wine tasted by Dave Swingler.


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Richard Kershaw Wines Elgin Pinot Noir 2015

Kershaw Clonal Selection
Category: Pinot noir

Third variety in Kershaw's quiver gets the same quality-driven minimalist vinification. Mouthwatering savoury sour cherry character in delicate but endlessly enduring 2015, deserves cellaring to allow raspberry, pomegranate profile to develop to its full potential. More 

Wine tasted by Dave Swingler.


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Richard Kershaw Wines Elgin Syrah 2014

Kershaw Clonal Selection
Category: Shiraz/syrah

Allspice & white pepper nuances to focused, iodine-tinged dark berry fruit of seamless 2014, the epitome of balance & refinement. Exhilarating 2013 was quieter in youth than 2012 debut, but savoury/umami notes & tempered tannins are consistent hallmarks. More 

Wine tasted by Dave Swingler.


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Richard Kershaw Wines Groenland Mountain Bokkeveld Shales CY548 Chardonnay 2015

Kershaw Deconstructed range
Category: Chardonnay wooded

These chardonnay clones made the same way (50% new oak, 11 months) to showcase individual expression; 2015 full & powerful, with meaty nuance. Perhaps needs finesse from a blending partner for greatness! Mere 270 bottles, as all. More 

Wine tasted by Dave Swingler.


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