LABELS AND BOTTLES
Our Kershaw Wine labels
The blue background represents Elgin's cool climate.
The three icons on the top left of our label form a hallmark. Hallmarking is a form of regulation and consumer protection dating back 700 years. King Edward I of England passed a law requiring silver to be of sterling standard to match coinage, and introduced an assay or hallmark system. As such:
The 'C' symbol signifies a year, 1970 – the year in which our winemaker, Richard Kershaw, was born.
The 'rose' denotes a sense of place being both: the assay (or hallmark) stamp for silver made in Sheffield, England and referring to the flower of Yorkshire, the white rose, the county in which Sheffield is situated. The flower of Elgin namely the indigenous marsh rose where the Kershaw Wines are made. The knotted rope represents Richard's love of sailing.
The bottle capsule is silver in colour, denoting the connection with Sheffield where sterling silver cutlery is produced.
We use Diam corks - They are made from granulated natural cork in which the granulate (flour) has been cleaned with Supercritical CO2¹ effectively removing any 2,4,6-trichloranisole (TCA) off flavours. Once cleaned, it is moulded into a closure and by varying the ratio of cork flour, microspheres and the food grade binding agent can have a spectrum of Oxygen Transmission Rates (OTR) depending on our specifications. Over the course of the last 12 years we have bench tested them and to date the results have been outstanding with no corky flavours detected. Over the years the points we have noted are:
No returns of bottles through TCA taint.
Very high consistency rates between bottles i.e. No bottle variation
Less cork dust in bottles. Almost none.
Very acceptable extraction rates, the same as a conventional cork
Rapid dimensional recovery immediately after bottled (90 in 20 second; 95+ in 30)
Less oxidation than natural cork or plastic cork
We bottle our wines in Burgundy bottles - they are heavy bottles with a moderate height body and almost vertically parallel sides, with gently sloping shoulders and a fatter girth than other wine bottles. The height of the shoulder and neck in combination is usually equal to or a bit more than the height of the body (heel to shoulder).
The Punt: Burgundy bottles have a smaller punt mark or 'dimple' at the base of the bottle than many other styles.
The Glass colour is Antique Green – this colour was chosen as it prevents ultra violet light from penetrating the contents of the bottle and causing spoilage.
We use glass bottles because glass:
- does not react with the acidity of wine and therefore cause degradation.
- is clear, allowing one to examine the wine in the light to determine age, maturity, and any sediment.
- cost effective does not allow oxygen to enter and affect the wine, with the small exception of around the cork in the neck.
- provides good protection against contamination.
Achieved through pressure and temperature parameters treated adjusted until CO2 has the properties of both a liquid and a gas enabling the CO2 to remove 2,4,6-trichloranisole (TCA) along with 150 additional compounds that are naturally found in corkwood which could potentially create off-flavours in wine. Used also for decaffeination of coffee, removal of specific flavours from hops for brewing industry and extracting specific esters for the perfume industry