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Breath of fresh air at Allée Bleue in Franschhoek, Blue Owl soaring!

imageAllée Bleue has new heads of wine and hospitality, and I met with them yesterday to find out about their proposed changes at the estate, which is on the outskirts of Franschhoek.  The dedication of the new managers is giving new energy to Allée Bleue. Continue reading →

Richard Kershaw Wines is a star with clonal blending of Chardonnay and Syrah!

Kershaw Wines Outer pack Whale Cottage PortfolioI heard Richard Kershaw’s name for the first time when he was one of 80 Platter 5 star winners for his inaugural Kershaw Elgin Chardonnay 2012 earlier this month.   Yesterday we attended a tasting of his 2012 Chardonnay and Syrah at Rodwell House in St James, at which Richard unpacked the importance of clones in making his two wines.

Richard is a larger-than-life personality, and wine judge and writer Angela Lloyd complimented him for his wines having personality too.  He grew up in Sheffield, and did a cooking course in Slough, at an excellent chef’s school.  He moved to winemaking, assisting in an American cellar, where he met a South African, who encouraged him to come to South Africa instead of to Chile and Argentina, where he intended to travel to next. He followed the advice of his friend, and fate determined that he met his now wife Mariette in the guest house in which he was staying in Stellenbosch, having arrived on the night on which Luciano Pavarotti gave his only South African concert, which they could hear from the guest house, he explained.   He was shown around different cellars, but was most impressed with Mulderbosch, Kershaw Wines Richard Kershaw Whale Cottage PortfolioLaibach, and Vergelegen.  He followed his dream to go to Chile to help make wine there, but his heart drew him back to Stellenbosch and to Mariette.  He announced himself at Mulderbosch, boldly asking for a job, and his wish was granted.   He does not have a formal winemaking qualification, but became a Master of Wine (MW) two years ago, after a six year study period, the first South African winemaker to have Continue reading →