I was very fortunate to have a one on one tasting of his wine with Richard Kershaw at a pre-COVID19 presentation in Johannesburg. Now, I believe that almost every winemaker is passionate about what he does. Richard takes passionate to the next level.
This wine was placed in the Top 5 at last year’s Mosaic Top 5 Pinot Noir Wine Awards. The awards identify five South African Pinot Noir Red Wines to serve as a benchmark for the development of distinctive South African Pinot Noir’s and to illustrate the quality of South African Pinot Noir Red Wines to the world.
It is important to talk about the clones used. Richard is very keen on the clones he uses and how compatible they are with the rootstocks, and indeed the soils in which they are planted. The clones used in this wine are all French and are named PN777, PN667, PN114, and PN113.
Elgin, being South Africa’s coolest [in fashion too] wine region benefits from proximity to the South Atlantic Ocean, specific cloud cover sequencing, high cold units which enable wine grapes like Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir a sense of place.
Once in the cellar after manual harvesting, the grapes are sorted before and after destemming. The berries are dropped into small 500kg open top fermenters. Here they cold soak for three days before spontaneous fermentation from natural yeasts from the vineyards. After fermentation, the wine is run off and joined with some gentle basket pressed wine into barrels. After malolactic fermentation, the wine spent 11 months in sterilised Burgundian barrels, 12% of them new.. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle closed with natural cork. The label is simple elegant and descriptive. In the glass it is a translucent cherry red at the heart which pales out to garnet at the edges. The aromas and palate segue one into the other, flavours of black cherries, pomegranate and raspberry. There is a charming undertow of aromatic red roses. A truly impressive glass. Eminently drinkable now, though would be happy to reward you after a couple of years of cool cellaring.
The Kershaw Clonal Selection Elgin Pinot Noir 2017 is the perfect wine for gentle sipping. With food, we must remember that this is the wine of Coq au Vin and Beef Bourguignonne. For me, the dish we served was Oeufs en Meurette, eggs poached in red wine, a classical Burgundian lunch or supper dish, was a great partner… Click HERE for my recipe.
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