Deconstructed Lake District Cartref sh9c
resonating elegance, finesse of tannin, and purity of fruit
100% Syrah made up of clone SH9c.
Sourced from a single parcel in the western part of Elgin the 9c clone when planted in cooler areas is known to produce wines that are well scented, delicately balanced and savoury. They are medium in weight resonating elegance, finesse of tannin, and purity of fruit, the flavours revealing more white pepper, violet/lavender, Victoria plum and iodine. They tend to exude freshness and energy with lively acidity giving precision to the wine. 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. In 2017, 50% was new oak; 100% using 228 litre barrels.
Alcohol: 13.5% | pH: 3.61 | RS: 1.9 g/l
Displaying a medium ruby core, the 2017 Deconstructed Syrah Lake District Cartref SH9c is red-fruited with hints of potpourri and white spice. Medium-bodied, the Syrah opens to flavors of ripe, juicy and dark red berries with notions of wilted red flowers and a touch of reduction, showing a balanced structure with growing tannins. The Syrah concludes with a firm, tannic edge that will remain food-friendly for the next 10 years.
-Anthony Mueller, Wine Advocate
The 2017 Kershaw Deconstructed Lake District Cartref SH9c is very ripe and focused on the nose, presenting aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, pressed iris and potpourri and a light marine influence. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, a fine bead of acidity and a fresh red currant, cranberry, and blackberry finish that lingers long after the wine has exited. This is another deeply impressive 2017 Syrah from Kershaw. 2023-2040
- Neal Martin, Vinous 2021
Sourced from mixed Cartref soils, this is deeply coloured, ripe and sweet, showing bramble and mulberry flavours, assertively toasty 50% new wood, hints of coconut and sweet spices and a juicy, concentrated finish. 2020-24
-Tim Atkin MW, South Africa Report 2021