Born and raised in the UK, Richard enjoyed a successful career as a chef before finding wine. After travelling extensively, he arrived in South Africa in 1999 and by 2009 was Group Winemaker of Mulderbosch and Kanu.
One of only 10 Masters of Wine who actively make their own wines, he is pursuing his dream in Elgin in the Overberg region of the Western Cape. He focuses on cool climate, site-specific, clonally selected wines.
When not in the vineyard or cellar, he is much in demand for wine show judging. He also lectures for the WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) in South Africa, and share the breadth of his knowledge with students and consumers via talks, tastings and blogs.
His first two vintages (2012 & 2013) of his Kershaw Elgin Chardonnay, both received 5 stars in the Platter’s Wine Guide with the 2012 Kershaw Elgin Chardonnay being selected as one of the ‘Top 10 Chardonnays in the World outside Burgundy’ by Decanter. Made from Dijon clones, the Kershaw Elgin Chardonnays are Burgundian and elegant in style.
His first vintage (2012) of Kershaw Elgin Syrah has received international recognition, in particular being highly rated by Jancis Robinson. Northern Rhone in style, this wine is not typical of the usual South African warmer region Shiraz offerings.