It’s been a crazy couple of months but the 2016 harvest is officially done!
Elgin experienced a warm dry October and the dry weather continued into a hot and humid January. February brought unseasonably cool temperatures and an overcast March although the average rainfall was low. Despite this very unusual season the quality of the grapes is remarkably good.
I took delivery of a new basket press this year – it allows gentle pressing of the grapes and affords me more control over the final blend as well as being perfect for micro vinification.
I was very chuffed to be named as the Cape’s Top Up and Coming Wine Producer by Tim James in his recent poll – no pressure then!!
My 2014 Kershaw Elgin Chardonnay is drinking beautifully at the moment and recently came out top at a blind tasting of 35 Chardonnays from around the world chaired by Tim Atkin.
It has been fantastic to see my wines head off around the world – most recently another shipment left for Opimian in Canada, and they are being very well received in the States – here’s one of my importers, Blue Crane giving a tasting of my Chardonnay.
Now the cool Autumn days are here and the hard work begins in the cellar before the excitement of my new releases later this year. There are still small quantities of my 2014 Kershaw Elgin Chardonnay and my 2013 Kershaw Elgin Syrah available – so don’t delay in ordering if you want to get your hands on them!