Elgin is principally an apple region in which wine is increasingly being made, although 80% of the land is still devoted to apples and pears.
Soils make up part of what the French call Terroir and the Argentinians call Teruta – It is the interactions of the climate, soils, slope, drainage, and viticulture of the land that makes wine taste the way it does.
Soil is more than a medium in which to plant the vine. Whilst it does not directly impart character, i.e. flintiness from flinty soils, it does impact various nuances depending on its type.
The soils that are used to grow the grapes for Kershaw Chardonnay and Kershaw Syrah come from a variety of gravel-based soils:
Tukulu (50% gravel, 25% friable clay and 25% sand) giving elegance, freshness and aromatics
Koue Bokkeveld shales in three parcels giving structure and concentration of flavours
one parcel of sand and pebbles (essentially Table Mountain sandstone) giving delicacy and fruity flavours.