Four years ago we made a plan to celebrate Richard’s half century in 2020 with something special – he turned 50 earlier this year and although his birthday celebrations were somewhat (to say the least) muted by COVID we’re releasing wines bottled specially to mark the occasion – 50 magnums of 2017 Kershaw Elgin Chardonnay and 50 magnums of 2016 Kershaw Elgin Syrah.
So why magnums? First and foremost magnums are large enough to slow down the ageing process. This translates into wines that stay younger and fresher for longer than in a 750 ml bottle. Slower maturation enables a greater complexity of the flavour compounds that make up the aromas.
The smaller the bottle size, the faster its contents will mature because there is a more significant proportion of oxygen in a 750ml bottle than in a magnum. The higher ratio of wine to oxygen in a magnum is key to the slower aging process and many would argue that the wine also ages in a more dignified fashion, with the complexities and flavours teased out gradually and more gracefully.
This results in more freshness and retained youthfulness, a livelier nose, greater depth and character, and in the case of the Syrah, a deeper red colour.
As they age further, magnums develop more palate length and better-preserved fruit than standard bottles. To sum up, they’re simply more enjoyable!
To get your hands on these wines, you’ll need to be quick as just 50 of each were made:
2017 Kershaw Elgin Chardonnay Magnum R1200 per bottle
2016 Kershaw Elgin Syrah Magnum R1120 per bottle
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(Prices include delivery within South Africa – we are happy to quote for shipping overseas)
Order now and we’ll get the wines to you for Christmas .. or save them for New Year’s Eve and send 2020 packing in style!