Richard Kershaw Wines

Richard Kershaw Wines

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'Richard Kershaw MW has turned the world of New World Chardonnay on its head' - Greg Sherwood MW

Site specific, clonal selection, cool climate wines in Elgin

Born and raised in the UK, Richard enjoyed a successful career as a chef before finding wine. After travelling extensively, he arrived in South Africa in 1999 and by 2009 was Group Winemaker of Mulderbosch and Kanu. Richard is International Master of Wine (MW), one of only MWs worldwide making their own wine. He is now pursuing his dream of making his own site specific and clonally selected wines in the cool climate of Elgin.  Richard's endless knowledge and understanding of winemaking in all it's parts has led him to produce extraordinarily good wines from Chardonnay, Syrah and more recently Pinot Noir in Elgin's cool climate.

His attention to detail filters down to smaller points such as are apparent on the beautiful labels and packaging. You can read more about this here including an explanation of the hallmark on the label reflecting his Sheffield origins.  However, the level of detail goes for beyond this as Richard is always happy to explain

Richard's website  is a mine of information on all aspects of wine and winemaking. He also writes technical blogs, lectures for the WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) recently set up in South Africa and is much in demand for wine show judging.

About Kinnegar

Kinnegar Wines was born almost by accident and been growing organically since.

In 1998, I was in the midde of a two year diploma course with the London Wine & Spirits Trust when an opportunity came up to visit South Africa's Western Cape. Naturally, I was keen to avail of the opportunity to learn more about viticulture and winemaking in South Africa.

We had an excellent guide who brought us to a number of the Cape's leading estates including Thelema and De Trafford where we had in depth vineyard and cellars tours. At the end of the day, I wanted to take back some of the wonderful wines we had tasted for our own use. It was not possible to take two or three cases of wine with us on our flight and shipping such a small quantity was more than the cost of wines. So I had the mad idea of shipping a pallet! Clearly, I had to start selling these wines and so began Kinnegar Wines. Ashford Castle took many of the wines and continue to list them and newer arrivals ever since.

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