Kershaw, Lake District Cartref SH9c Syrah 750ml 2016

South Africa, Elgin
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R1,100
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Critic Score

94
TA

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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:
'It can be hard to keep up with all the different Kershaw bottling, but it’s worth persevering. This is the best Syrah he’s made yet, sourced from decomposed sandstone and quartz soils. Savoury, spicy and intense, it doesn’t show the heat of the vintage. 2020-26' – Tim Atkin SA Special Report 2018, 94/100

'Second version of SH9C clone. This 2016 has less obvious bright fruit in the balance with peppery savoury notes. Firm but supple structure, the net effect being rather austerely grand, powerful intense & linear. Just 30% new oak.' – Platter's SA Wine Guide 2019, 93/100

'Sourced from a single parcel in the Western part of Elgin the 9c clone when planted in cooler areas is known to produce wines that are well scented, delicately balanced and savoury. They are medium in weight resonating elegance, finesse of tannin, and purity of fruit, the flavours revealing more white pepper, violet/lavender, Victoria plum and iodine. They tend to exude freshness and energy with lively acidity giving precision to the wine. The Cartref soils, a mixture of decomposed sandstone, pebbles and quartz, adds gracefulness and heightens the fruit intensity.' – Winemaker

Viticulture:
In 2016, the preceding winter was fairly dry but cold units were exceptional (1200) with plenty of frosty mornings, allowing the vines to go into a proper dormancy. Rain did finally fall in August and September but as October began, the effect of the El Nino phenomenon (or ENSO episode) started to take effect. October was unusually warm accelerating budbreak and flowering. The fluctuating warm and cool days meant flowering was uneven, giving rise to smaller potential bunch sizes. After a cooler November, December was warm, sunny and dry enabling potential diseases to be kept at bay. A hot and dry January, meant acidity retention by the vine was challenging but after a warm start to February, the weather finally became cooler - and night time temperatures also dipped more so than average - providing the vine with some respite after a particularly torrid summer. The drier conditions meant that disease pressure was minimal, and a healthy crop was picked in the middle of March. The thicker skins held plenty of anthocyanins but meant it was crucial to avoid over extraction. Thus, gentler punch-downs were employed, and post fermentation maceration was shorter with the press fraction matured separately from the free run juice. This resulted in deeper colours with supple, pliant tannins; although acidities were softer than average, fruit concentration was high, and the wines have a lifted black fruit flavour profile.

Winemakers notes:
The inspiration for the Deconstructed range 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, it is necessary to dig deeper into the nuances/DNA that make up our region. To elucidate this, I have decided to make 3 Syrah wines that have been selected from a specific vineyard and an individual clone. Importantly, this is an ongoing story that will unfold over the coming years.

Alcohol: 14.05%

More Information
Bottle Size 750ml
Style Red
Country South Africa
Rating TA 94
Drink To Drink or cellar
Price R1,100.00
Producer Kershaw
Region Elgin
Variety Shiraz / Syrah
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