Deconstructed Lake District Bokkeveld SHale CY95
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: 3.26 | RS: 3.0 g/l
A wonderfully assured expression of what Richard Kershaw calls a "classic year for Chardonnay" made with the CY95 clone planted in the western part of Elgin. Racy, taut and perfumed, with oatmeal and citrus flavours, good extract and top notes of wood smokestruck match. Classy stuff. 2022-27.
-Tim Atkin MW, South Africa Report 2021
The 2019 Chardonnay Deconstructed Lake District Bokkeveld Shale CY95 is much more tensile and edgier than the CY96, taut and very fresh, and more mineral-driven by direct comparison. The palate is medium-bodied and focused, delivering fine definition, a killer line of acidity, and hints of popcorn, almond and orange zest toward the finish. Quite peppery on the aftertaste. Yet another brilliant wine from Kershaw.
- Neal Martin, Vinous 2021
Jancis Robinson 16.5/20
Pale gold. Relatively rich nose with a palate that's like fermented lemon barley water with a hint of lime. Good fruit with sufficient refreshment value. No obvious oak influence. Clean and precise. A little richer than some other Kershaw Chardonnays.
- Jancis Robinson MW