Deconstructed groenland Bokkeveld SHale SH9c
resonating elegance, finesse of tannin, and purity of fruit
100% Syrah made up of clone 9c.
Sourced from a single parcel in the northern 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. On Bokkeveld Shale soils it brings amplified perfume, more structural integrity and concentration to the flavour.
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; 100% using 228-litre barrels.
Alcohol: 13.5% | pH: 3.47 | RS: 2.2 g/l
The 2017 Kershaw Deconstructed Groenland Bokkeveld Shale SH9c is matured 50% in new oak for 17 months. It is very powerful on the nose despite a touch of reduction, which does blow over. Broody black plum, bilberry and violet aromas intermix with licorice and a light minty note. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins. This is a beautifully structured Syrah that displays great precision on the finish, though it will need another 18-24 months in bottle. Outstanding.
- Neal Martin, Vinous 2021
The Groenland Syrah hails from a clay-based block at 405 meters in Elgin and is a plush, ripe, deeply coloured wine with succulent red berry fruit, perfumed 50% new wood and good underlying structure. Baking spices rather than black pepper flavours add another dimension here. 2020-25.
-Tim Atkin MW, South Africa Report 2019