Kershaw Chardonnay Clonal Selection Elgin 2018
A superb cool climate Chardonnay from the Western Cape
Richard Kershaw was born in Sheffield and was a successful chef before becoming a winemaker. He arrived in South Africa in 1999 after travelling extensively and by 2009 he was chief winemaker for Mulderbosch and Kanu. Richard Kershaw Wines dates from 2012 to create site specific, clonally selected Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah from the cool Elgin Valley east of Cape Town.
His Clonal Selection Chardonnay comes from nine small parcels of Chardonnay vines grown from 5 Burgundian clones. The wines were fermented with natural yeasts in barriques and some 500L oak casks about 40% new. The malolactic fermentation was stopped to keep the freshness and the wines was further aged for 11 months. This beautifully balanced Chardonnay has the classic buttery brioche notes and perfectly integrated oak with balancing acidity. Though lovely now this will keep well too.
|Colour / Type||White|
|Bottle Size||750 ml|
|Maturity||Drinking well now but could age too|
|Style||Dry, Elegant, Fresh, Long, Rich, Very long|