Deconstructed Lake District Cartref SH22
fuller, well coloured yet finely structured
100% Syrah made up of clone 22.
Sourced from a single parcel in the western part of Elgin, the 22 clone produces fuller, well-coloured yet finely structured wines. They tend to be more
concentrated as yields are low with more black fruit, black pepper and meaty notes. The Cartref soils, a mixture of decomposed granite, pebbles and quartz, add gracefulness and heighten the fruit intensity.
The wine rested in barrel for 17 months. A small number of artisanal coopers were selected, all from Burgundy and the Rhone, with only French oak chosen. Importantly this wine was micro vinified as a separate batch. In 2017 50% was new oak; 50% 228 litre- & 50% 500 litre-barrels.
Alcohol: 13.5% | pH: 3.59 | RS: 1.7 g/l
My pick of the current Kershaw range, this tithe best Syrah I’ve had yet from the eccentric English Master of Wine. Easily handling its 50% new wood, it has the grip and density of the SH22 clone, savoury, spicy complexity, some violet top notes, fine tannins and refreshing balancing acidity. 2021-27.
-Tim Atkin MW, South Africa Report 2019
The 2017 Kershaw Deconstructed Lake District Cartref SH22, matured 50% in new oak for 17 months, is a little more open on the nose compared to the SH9c and delivers a touch more red berry fruit, quite candied in style and suggesting strawberry pastilles. The palate is medium-bodied with a saline entry, fine definition and a mélange of red and black fruit laced with liquorice toward the poised finish. Excellent. 2023-2036.
- Neal Martin, Vinous 2021