Subtle, precise style built on fine tannins that educe harmony, freshness with flavours of black skinned fruit, iodine and ground white peppercorns.
"The 2018 Syrah Clonal Selection Elgin is quite closed on the nose and needs a bit of coaxing to offer up its blackberry, briar, wild strawberry, clove and light gamy aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with silky-smooth tannins and pure red fruit (strawberry and red cherries), leading to a harmonious, black-pepper-infused finish. This is one of Kershaw's most sensual bottlings. - Neal Martin"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2021), 93 pts
"Richard Kershaw uses three Syrah clones (SH9C, 22 and 29) to produce this pan-Elgin cuvée. Entirely destemmed, it has classic white pepper scents, with a hint of lavender, lots of spice and tapenade tangy acidity and impressive underlying concentration. 2022-27"
- Tim Atkin, South Africa Report 2021, 93 pts
"This has a gorgeous, lifted nose that combines perfumed fruit and oak spice to heady effect. Soft, plush and fresh on the palate, with pinpoint raspberry acidity and lingering rose perfume. It’s matured in barriques and 500-litre French oak barrels, half new, the other half recently used – the oak plays an integral part and it’s applied with great skill. Displaying exceptional tannic finesse, this is a thrilling and emotive Syrah. Matt Walls"
- Decanter (August 2020, Syrah vs Shiraz: 30 great buys from South Africa), 97 pts
"Medium dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black olive, leather, black tea, soil, violets, dried sage, dried blueberry, and fresh blackberry with a silky, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, very long finish conveying notes of vanilla and espresso with fine, well-integrated, firm tannins and light oak flavor. A delicious Syrah that balances the bright and the brooding - full of dark fruit and coastal brush notes"
- Beverage Testing Institute (April 2021), 94 pts
"Brambleberries, smoked meat, peppercorns and oyster shells on the nose. Medium-bodied with soft, sleek tannins. Fresh and peppery with some spice notes. Delicious, subtly smoky finish. Drink now."
- James Suckling (December 2021), 93 pts
- Wine Enthusiast (April 2023), 90 pts
"The 2016 Clonal Selection Elgin Syrah is a blend of around eight parcels, all individually micro-vinified and matured with varying levels of new oak, from zero up to 70%. Limpid in the glass, it has a glorious, pure bouquet of red currant, raspberry and mulberry scents that are seductive and very Burgundian – think Vosne-Romanée! The palate is rounded on the entry, offering lively red berry fruit laced with white pepper, fennel and a subtle charcoal note. There is a slight grittiness toward the finish, which is well structured and persistent. This is both a delicious and an intellectual Syrah. - Neal Martin"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2019), 94 pts
"On the nose, the 2016 Clonal Selection Elgin Syrah is softly floral with a mineral tone and subtle hints of black fruit plus nuances of black pepper. The palate shows tremendous complexity with skillfully balanced oak tones over blackberries, fresh herbs and fresh cracked black pepper. The finish is elegantly focused and something special. Power and elegance at its finest. This is akin to something from the northern Rhône without the tight mineral grip. Well done! A truly beautiful wine. 9,300 bottles were made. - Anthony Mueller"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #245, October 2019), 93+ pts
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Richard Kershaw wines was founded in 2012, by Master of Wine Richard Kershaw. Richard’s mission is to focus on noble grapes and create clonally selected, site-specific, cool climate wines in ...