Deconstructed Kogelberg Sandstone CY76
rich yet tightly structured
100% Chardonnay made from Dijon clone CY95.
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 structured, 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. The Bokkeveld Shale brings amplified perfume on the nose and persistence and elegance to the palate.
The wine rested in barrel for 4 months prior to judicious sulphuring and a further 7 months maturation in barrel before racking and bottling. A small number of artisanal coopers were selected, all from Burgundy and only French oak was chosen. Importantly, this wine was micro-vinified as a separate batch. In 2018, 49% was new oak; 100% using 228 litre barrels.
Alcohol: 13.5% | pH: 3.33 | RS: 2.1 g/l
Instantly impressive, the 2018 Lake District Bokkeveld Shale CY95 Deconstructed Chardonnay rockets from the glass with finesse and precision, sashaying with seductive aromas of lemon pastry cream, popcorn kernel, lemon panna cotta and vanilla crème brûlée. Medium-bodied and clocking in at 13.5% alcohol, the palate is compact, layered and devastatingly gorgeous. Seductive oak tones ricochet off the palate with succulent sweet citrus flavors before yellow apple and underripe pineapple sway in unison. The Chardonnay continues to unpack and unfold its layers, giving up more of its secrets and has me just smelling the glass in awe. The wine glides to a fantastic, somersaulting finish that would please even the most devout Burgundy lover. Bravo, this is highly impressive stuff!-Anthony Mueller, Wine Advocate
The 2018 Kershaw Deconstructed Lake District Bokkeveld Shale CY95 is sharper and more mineral- driven than the CY96, presenting scents of red apple, citrus peel, crushed stone and melon. The oak is beautifully integrated. The palate is well balanced and precise, slightly creamy in texture on the entry and revealing gorgeous orange zest and black currant leaf notes on the finish. A cerebral and compelling Chardonnay from Kershaw.
- Neal Martin, Vinous 2021
Generally, the most opulent and forward of the Kershaw Chardonnays – a style that’s enhanced by the high fructose levels of the 2018 vintage – this has sweet, aromatic stone fruit flavours, a hint of coconut spice and a textured, supple finish. Ripe and well made with stylish oak. 2019-23
-Tim Atkin MW, South Africa Report 2019