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Richard Kershaw Clonal Syrah 2017

Richard Kershaw Clonal Syrah 2017

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2017 Vintage


Subtle, precise style built on fine tannins that educe harmony, freshness with flavours of black skinned fruit, iodine and ground white peppercorns.

This is now the sixth vintage of Richard Kershaw's Elgin Syrah, made with grapes from the north, south and west of the valley and featuring clones SH9C and SH22. Elegant and scented, it's very much a cool climate style with wild strawberry and red cherry fruit and zippy acidity. (Tim Atkin)


94 points Tim Atkin (MW)


The grapes were handpicked under autumnal skies into small lug baskets and then manually sorted on a conveyor before the stems were removed. The destemmed berries fell onto a vibrating table in order to remove jacks and substandard berries before dropping uncrushed into a small 500kg conical hopper and being forklifted into open-topped fermenters. The grapes underwent a 3-day maceration before spontaneous fermentation began. A gentle pigeage program was charted and the grapes remained on skins for 20-26 days. The wine was then racked to barrel under gravity and the remaining pomace basket-pressed. Malolactic then proceeded in barrel followed by a light sulphuring and 17-month maturation. No finings were necessary, and the wine was simply racked and bottled unfiltered.


100% Syrah made up of clones SH9c & SH22