Deconstructed Lake District Cartref CY96
nervous, aromatic, elegant and crisp
100% Chardonnay made from Dijon clone CY96.
Sourced from the western part of Elgin, known as the Lake District, this clone produces wines that are nervous, aromatic, elegant and crisp with slightly lower alcohol and finely balanced, the fruit profile being subtle with hints of citrus/orange peel and peach blossom and with time, some nutty elements. The Cartref soils, a mixture of decomposed granite, pebbles and quartz, add delicacy and heighten the fruit intensity.
The wine rested in barrel for 11 months.
A small number of artisanal coopers were selected, all from Burgundy and only French oak was chosen. In 2018, 52.5% was new oak; 100% using 228 litre barrels.
Alcohol: 13.5% | pH: 3.43 | RS: 2.1 g/l
The 2018 Lake District Cartref CY96 Deconstructed Chardonnay offers a more expansive expression than the Bokkeveld Shale bottlings. It has soft notions of butterscotch, crème brûlée and buttered popcorn on the nose, while sweet citrus aromas waft from the glass along with elements of poached yellow apples. Medium to full-bodied, the palate expands to display width and breadth of expression yet still possesses acidity to keep its balance in check. The wine concludes with persistent flavors of buttered popcorn and subtle hints of smoke and Meyer lemon.
-Anthony Mueller, Wine Advocate
The 2018 Kershaw Deconstructed Lake District Cartref CY96, matured in 52% new oak, has a compelling nose of caramelized pear, acacia honey, orange blossom and light marmalade scents. The palate is beautifully balanced with a killer line of acidity, and a little spicier than the Elgin Chardonnay. Perhaps I am just seeking more persistence toward the finish; otherwise, this is another impressive Chardonnay from Kershaw.
- Neal Martin, Vinous 2021
Made with fruit from the western side of Elgin, this hails from mixed granite, sandstone and quartz soils and features the “most linear” of the Chardonnay clones, according to Richard Kershaw. Waxy, leesy and toasty, it has more acidity than the winery’s other 2018’s, but is still a bold, plush and powerful Chardonnay with exotic fruit sweetness. 2020-24
-Tim Atkin MW, South Africa Report 2021