Kershaw Wines Clonal Selection Elgin Chardonnay 2018

£218.46
Current Price (inc. Tax)
6 bottle(s) at £36.41 per bottle.
In stock
SKU
XHD5540518A
 

Kershaw Wines Clonal Selection Elgin Chardonnay 2018

Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Chardonnay 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Kershaw Wines

Tasting notes - A restrained, mineral style focussed on elegance with a white fruit character, a touch of oatmeal and delicate oak spice notes.

Kershaw Wines Clonal Selection Elgin Chardonnay 2018

A restrained, mineral style focussed on elegance with a
white fruit character, a touch of oatmeal and delicate
oak spice notes.


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
Below-average winter rainfall resulted in drier soils and as a result the crop sizes were
smaller, as less ground water was available for the tap roots. Wet, cool and windy
weather during flowering meant less fruit was pollinated; Chardonnay was down to just
18 hl/ha. However, the smaller berries delivered high aromatic intensity. During the
vegetative period the days were warm, but without damaging heatwaves and the
growing season was cool, resulting in fruit with excellent balance.


Vineyard
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 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 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.


Winemaking
The grapes were hand-picked in the early autumnal mornings and were gently whole
bunch pressed up to a maximum of 0.6 bar or until a low juice recovery of 615 litres per
tonne was obtained. The juice was transferred via gravity directly to barrel, without the
use of pumps. The unclarified juice underwent spontaneous fermentation with wild
yeasts. Malolactic conversion was discouraged, retaining a crisp style. The wine
matured in Burgundian French oak for 11 months in total, of which 39.4% was new oak;
and of that 82.2% was aged in 228 litre barriques and 17.8% in 500 litre casks, before
racking, blending and bottling.


Tasting Note
A restrained, mineral style focussed on elegance with a white fruit character, a touch of
oatmeal and delicate oak spice notes.


Grape
Chardonnay 100%

More Information
Bottles Per Case 6
Call for Price No
Price View Price Range
Vintage 2018
Write Your Own Review
You're reviewing:Kershaw Wines Clonal Selection Elgin Chardonnay 2018
Copyright © 2020 - Company Registration Number: 3875876