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Richard Kershaw Wines Clonal Selection Elgin Chardonnay 2018

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Richard Kershaw Wines Clonal Selection Elgin Chardonnay 2018

  • Grapes Chardonnay 100%
  • Country South Africa
  • Region: Western Cape Elgin
  • Abv 13 %
  • Case size 6 / 75cl
  • Winemaker Richard Kershaw MW
  • Closure Diam
  • A restrained, mineral style focussed on elegance with a white fruit character, a touch of oatmeal, and delicate oak spice notes.
  • Awards
    92 pts, Tim Atkin, 2019

The grapes come from eight to 10 small parcels of vineyards in several locations in the Elgin Valley. Elgin is the coolest wine region in South Africa and is situated on an inland, hexagonal-shaped plateau, at an altitude of 300 meters. 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 23C and night-time temperatures dipping to 14C. 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 four Dijon clones VY, 76, 95, and 96 and the Entav clone CY548 flourish in Bokkeveld Shale and Cartref soils, which offer good drainage and produce delicate wines.

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 traveling, he settled in South Africa in 1999, and by 2009 he was a Group Winemaker at Mulderbosch and Kanu. He established Richard Kershaw Wines in 2012, specializing in the cool-climate wines of Elgin. Being one of the few MWs to make his wine, he uses his vast knowledge to craft stunning wines that are easily a match for some of the world’s very best wines.

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