The first few weeks of 2017 have raced past in a blur of tastings, bottling, vineyard visits and now harvesting but I’d like to take a breather and bring you up to date with all my news.
The year started with the bottling of my 2016 Kershaw Deconstructed Chardonnays – this vintage is slightly bigger than my maiden vintage – just as well, as the 2015 Kershaw Deconstructed Chardonnay sets sold out within a few weeks!
These wines, I believe, showcase the importance of regionality and the impact that soils and clones within regions play in shaping the character of a wine. I spoke with Jamie Goode about this last year – here’s another chance to find out more.
Chardonnay is the featured varietal in April’s Decanter magazine and I’m delighted that my 2014 and 2015 Kershaw Clonal Selection Chardonnays scored highly, with the former being one of Greg Sherwood MW’s top 3 and the latter being one of Tim Atkin’s top 3. It was fantastic to see so many high-achieving Chardonnays from Elgin – as Tim Atkin wrote, “the tasting was dominated by Elgin .. and that its plantings of Chardonnay account for only 1.48% of the national total, its dominance was even more impressive”.
Kershaw wines continue to be enjoyed around the globe and I’m delighted to have new distributors in Korea, Jersey and Austria. I have also presented my wines to British wine writer, Oz Clarke, a group of wine journalists from Ghana and most recently trade buyers from the USA. My wines were also shown at the Boston Wine Expo, New England’s biggest wine festival.
I hope you’ve enjoyed catching up with my news so far – back to the vineyards I go, to check on the next grapes heading to the cellar.