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Deconstructed Lake District Bokkeveld Shale CY95 Chardonnay

Kershaw, Deconstructed Lake District Bokkeveld Shale CY95 Chardonnay 2017

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Surrounded by mountains, the Elgin district sits in the Western Cape of South Africa. The year-round cool climate is perfect for producing grapes with rich, subtle flavours. Focusing on apposite noble grapes, i.e. ones with the ability to produce world-class examples, their Kershaw Elgin chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir and Kershaw Deconstructed Chardonnay and Syrah are made by South Africa's only winemaking Master of Wine, Richard Kershaw.

Tasting notes:
'If you’re only going to one of Richard Kershaw’s remarkable range of Elgin Chardonnays, this should be it. Wild, savoury and complex, with oatmeal, white pepper and citrus flavours, subtle oak, good weight and a persistent finish. 2019-27.' – Tim Atkin SA Special Report 2018, 97/100

'The most complete & harmonious of the deconstructions, as in 2016 (5 stars, 95 pts) & earlier. Green-glinting 2017 aromatic, with peach standing out amidst the subtleties, while redder citrus (grapefruit) notable on the full-fruited, balanced palate along with a stony note. 41% new oak.' – Platter's Wine Guide 2019, 93/100

'Sourced from a parcel in the Western part of Elgin the 95 clone is known for its excellent quality creating wines that are aromatic, fuller bodied and rich yet tightly structures, well-balanced with length of flavour, managing to show restraint and mouth-watering passivity with a great line through the palate and fruit veering towards white peach flesh and nectarine. On Bokkeveld Shales it brings amplified perfume on the nose and persistence and elegance to the palate.' – Richard Kershaw MW, Winemaker

Viticulture:
Whilst 2017 experienced a cool winter to enable good vine dormacy, the rainfall was low and followed similar conditions felt in 2015 and 2016. Budbreak took place in ideal warm sunny conditions whilst flowering was a touch earlier than normal; strong blustery winds meant pollination took longer to complete. As a result, berry set was uneven leading to some smaller berries that despite a lower yield did have good concentration of flavours. Despite expecting an early harvest an unusually cool December slowed down ripening whilst some January rain during veraison helped nourish the soils and more importantly, helped the vine focus on grape ripening rather than foilage & root growth, Harvest took place under the vine focus on grape ripening rather than foilage & root growth. Harvest took place under blue skies in early March. The net result of the drier year is that the grapes had decent natural acidity, achieved steady phenolic ripeness and plenty of intense fruit flavours.

Winemakers notes:
'The inspiration for my Deconstructed Chardonnay stems from my belief that the Elgin region boasts credentials that make it world-class. To bolster these regional credentials, I have set out to prove that Elgin has both a signature grape, as well as specific 'terroirs' (meso-climates) that reflect intra-regional distinctions. To fully comprehend this, I have decided to make 3 Chardonnay wines, each selected from a specific vineyard and an individual clone. Importantly, this is an ongoing story that will unfold over the coming years.' – Richard Kershaw MW

Alcohol: 13.65%

Surrounded by mountains, the Elgin district sits in the Western Cape of South Africa. The year-round cool climate is perfect for producing grapes with rich, subtle flavours. Focusing on apposite noble grapes, i.e. ones with the ability to produce world-class examples, their Kershaw Elgin chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir and Kershaw Deconstructed Chardonnay and Syrah are made by South Africa's only winemaking Master of Wine, Richard Kershaw.

Tasting notes:
'If you’re only going to one of Richard Kershaw’s remarkable range of Elgin Chardonnays, this should be it. Wild, savoury and complex, with oatmeal, white pepper and citrus flavours, subtle oak, good weight and a persistent finish. 2019-27.' – Tim Atkin SA Special Report 2018, 97/100

'The most complete & harmonious of the deconstructions, as in 2016 (5 stars, 95 pts) & earlier. Green-glinting 2017 aromatic, with peach standing out amidst the subtleties, while redder citrus (grapefruit) notable on the full-fruited, balanced palate along with a stony note. 41% new oak.' – Platter's Wine Guide 2019, 93/100

'Sourced from a parcel in the Western part of Elgin the 95 clone is known for its excellent quality creating wines that are aromatic, fuller bodied and rich yet tightly structures, well-balanced with length of flavour, managing to show restraint and mouth-watering passivity with a great line through the palate and fruit veering towards white peach flesh and nectarine. On Bokkeveld Shales it brings amplified perfume on the nose and persistence and elegance to the palate.' – Richard Kershaw MW, Winemaker

Viticulture:
Whilst 2017 experienced a cool winter to enable good vine dormacy, the rainfall was low and followed similar conditions felt in 2015 and 2016. Budbreak took place in ideal warm sunny conditions whilst flowering was a touch earlier than normal; strong blustery winds meant pollination took longer to complete. As a result, berry set was uneven leading to some smaller berries that despite a lower yield did have good concentration of flavours. Despite expecting an early harvest an unusually cool December slowed down ripening whilst some January rain during veraison helped nourish the soils and more importantly, helped the vine focus on grape ripening rather than foilage & root growth, Harvest took place under the vine focus on grape ripening rather than foilage & root growth. Harvest took place under blue skies in early March. The net result of the drier year is that the grapes had decent natural acidity, achieved steady phenolic ripeness and plenty of intense fruit flavours.

Winemakers notes:
'The inspiration for my Deconstructed Chardonnay stems from my belief that the Elgin region boasts credentials that make it world-class. To bolster these regional credentials, I have set out to prove that Elgin has both a signature grape, as well as specific 'terroirs' (meso-climates) that reflect intra-regional distinctions. To fully comprehend this, I have decided to make 3 Chardonnay wines, each selected from a specific vineyard and an individual clone. Importantly, this is an ongoing story that will unfold over the coming years.' – Richard Kershaw MW

Alcohol: 13.65%

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Country

ZA

Region

Elgin

Style

White

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