Richard Kershaw is British-born and has been making wine in South Africa for more than 20 years for a range of different wineries. He became a Master of Wine in 2011 and launched his eponymous label in 2012, and has very quickly become known as the maker of some of the very finest Chardonnay and Syrah in all of South Africa. Richard is based in Elgin, South Africa's coolest region, situated about an hour to the southeast of Stellenbosch in a cool, coastal mountain range where apples are the best known (and currently most valuable) crop.
The Syrah from here is a blend of different clones that are hand-harvestsed, destemmed and fermented for almost a month before being pressed to barrel for 17 months ageing in around 40% new oak. The col-climate and Richard's deft touch yield and wine that is subtle, fine and elegantly spiced with peppercorn, black cherry and iodine. A terrifically elegant counterpoint to the more seductive Syrahs of the Swartland.
Origin: Elgin / Western Cape / South Africa