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Richard Kershaw, Clonal Selection, Elgin, South Africa 2012

Richard Kershaw, Clonal Selection, Elgin, South Africa 2012

Fine, dried herbs and honey nose with fresh summer fruits. Reasonably full bodied with attractive acidity and the fruit and oak in harmony. This has a welcome severity and complexity on the finish, which shows some minerality.
Price: £32 Berry Bros & Rudd
Drink: 2015-2024
Alc: 13.5%

British-born ma ster of Wine Richard Kershaw was winemaker for Mulderbosch before setting up his own project in Elgin in 2011. This is South Africa’s coolest wine region and is well known for its Sauvignon Blanc, though it has also produced excellent Chardonnay. Kershaw is very clear about the style of wine he wishes to make, and places great emphasis on his selection of Burgundian clones and on the sourcing of grapes from individual plots with distinctive soil types. His Chardonnay is picked by hand, whole-bunch pressed, and handled by gravity without pumping. The wine is barrelfermented with indigenous yeasts and malolactic fermentation is discouraged, thus retaining the wine’s natural acidity. This wine spent 10 months in 40% new Burgundian oak, although 10% of the crop is fermented and aged in steel.