Cape Winemakers Guild

South Africa’s Renowned Master of Wine

Richard Kershaw

“My philosophy is not so much a rubric. It’s more that I try to make wines that reflect the sense of place, making them in a way that is non-interventionist; it’s to try and reflect those qualities in the glass.”

Born and raised in the UK, Richard travelled extensively, making wine in Chile, California, Hungary, Germany and Bordeaux. In Bordeaux, he helped co-produce a book about the smaller vigneron of the Gironde. In 1999, Richard settled in South Africa and worked at Mulderbosch Vineyards, Nelson Estate and Kanu before rejoining Mulderbosch in 2009. He established Richard Kershaw Wines in January 2012 to create clonally selected, site-specific, cool climate wines in the Elgin Valley, the country’s coolest wine region, choosing to focus on apposite noble grapes (ones with the ability to produce world-class examples) and now has a stable of award-winning wines focused on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah.

One of only 11 international Masters of Wine who actively make their own wines and South Africa’s only winemaking Master of Wine, Richard is much in demand when not in the vineyard or cellar.

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  • Elgin Appellation

Auctioned Wines

Kershaw Wines Ziggurat Chardonnay 2022

Auction Year: 2023

Kershaw Wines Ziggurat Chardonnay 2022

100% Chardonnay
Wine of Origin Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge

  • The grapes are sourced from a block in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. This is the first wine to be bottled under the Kershaw label as such.
  • Made only from clone CY548 which typically gives stony, meaty and robust flavours.
  • Hand-picked and whole bunch pressed, the wine undergoes a wild ferment, 12 months in Burgundy-coopered barrels and is assessed every eight weeks.

Tasting Notes: Elevated aromas of apple, mineral, citrus and oat bran. Tightly wound, precise, linear, gently massaged with light oak spices. Mouth cleansing acidity with a crème fraiche and oatmeal texture.

Ready for drinking from 2025 until 2030.

Winemaker: Richard Kershaw

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R 11 000
  • Lowest: R 6 667
  • Average: R 8 000


  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 56
  • Cases Auctioned: 40


  • Alc: 13.44 vol%
  • RS: 1.9 g/l
  • TA: 6.4 g/l
  • pH: 3.28

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