While the Clonal Selection Elgin Chardonnay 2012 from Richard Kershaw MW has been much celebrated including a rating of 5 Stars in the current edition of Platter’s, I have tended to find it a tiny bit overthought (see previous review here).
The Clonal Selection Elgin Syrah 2012 (R1740 per case of six) is made with similar minute attention to detail (clones 9c & 21 grown on Koffieklip, gravels and Bokkeveld shales; no crushing, maturation in 48% new oak, 17% second fill, 31% third fill, 4% unwooded for 15 months) but it seems to me Kershaw was more at ease with himself and the wine is consequently that much more complete.
The wine shows red fruit, white pepper, cinnamon and coriander. There’s a fleshiness about it without the wine being at all heavy; on the contrary, it’s superbly pure and fresh while the tannins are nicely grippy without being nearly as stalky as some of the new-wave Swartland stuff. Top notch.