Kershaw Wines Clonal Selection Elgin Syrah 2017

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Kershaw Wines Clonal Selection Elgin Syrah 2017

Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Syrah 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Kershaw Wines

Tasting notes - A subtle, precise style of Syrah built on fine tannins that educe harmony and freshness with flavours of black fruits, iodine and ground white peppercorns.

Kershaw Wines Clonal Selection Elgin Syrah 2017

A subtle, precise style of Syrah, showing wonderful
harmony and freshness with flavours of black fruits and
ground white peppercorn.


Producer Note
Made in tiny quantities, Richard Kershaw MW's wines are always in high demand. Born
in Sheffield, Richard trained and worked as a chef before discovering wine. After
extensive travelling he settled in South Africa in 1999, and by 2009 he was Group
Winemaker at Mulderbosch and Kanu. He established Richard Kershaw Wines in 2012,
specialising in the cool-climate wines of Elgin. Being one of the few MW’s to make his
own wine, he uses his vast knowledge to craft stunning wines that are easily a match
for some of the world’s very best wines.


Vintage
2017 experienced a cool winter with low rainfall. Budbreak took place in warm
conditions with flowering occurring earlier than normal. Strong blustery winds resulted in
an uneven berry set and consequently smaller berries with good flavour concentration.
An unusually cool December slowed ripening, while January rains during véraison
nourished the soils. Cool night time temperatures enabled good colour and flavour
formation, retention of acidity and steady phenolic ripeness. The 2017 wines show
excellent natural acidity, pure and penetrating fruit flavours and fine powdery tannins.


Vineyard
The grapes come from five small vineyard parcels in several locations in the Elgin Valley.
Elgin is the coolest wine region in South Africa and is situated on an inland, hexagonalshaped plateau, at an altitude of 300 metres. The region is surrounded by mountains
and lies just over six miles from the Atlantic Ocean, which brings occasional sea-borne
mists. February is the hottest month of the year, with daytime temperatures peaking at
23°C and night-time temperatures dipping to 14°C. The benefit of this cooler climate, is
that the grape cluster stays connected to its roots for longer, so it develops complex
characteristics and achieves physiological ripeness more gradually, resulting in lower
sugar levels and consequently lower alcohol levels. The Syrah clones SH9c and SH22
flourish in the Bokkeveld Shale and Cartref soils, which offer good drainage and
produce elegant wines. The grapes were hand-picked and manually sorted.


Winemaking
The destemmed grapes were transferred to small open-topped fermenters. A three-day
maceration was followed by spontaneous fermentation with wild yeasts. Gentle
pigeage took place and skin contact lasted for 20 to 26 days, before being run off and
the remaining marc being gently basket pressed. The wine was racked by gravity to
barrel where malolactic conversion took place. Maturation in French oak lasted for 17
months. Each clone and soil type was micro vinified as separate batches. 41.5% was
matured in new oak, with 23.6% aged in 228-litre barriques, 69.8% in 500-litre casks and
6.6% in 'breathable' concrete eggs. Bottled without fining or filtration.


Tasting Note
A subtle, precise style of Syrah built on fine tannins that educe harmony and freshness
with flavours of black fruits, iodine and ground white peppercorns.


Grape
Syrah 100%

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