South Africa

Richard Kershaw Smuggler's Boot Pinot Noir, 2018

  • Grape VarietyPinot Noir
  • Appellation Elgin
  • Alcohol 13 %
  • Source Sourced Locally

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SOUT AFRICAN RED FROM A MASTER OF WINE

Attractive strawberry, savoury and star anise spice linger on the nose. Juicy and sumptuous on the mid palate with breadth of flavour offset by a nimbleness of fresh acidity, friable tannins and sinuous mouthfeel, this Pinot unwraps to earthy, fennel, chocolate and a hint of incense to a long supple finish.

  • 11 months in oak
  • 1800 bottles produced
  • 100% Pinot Noir

Cellaring: Drink now or age it for 5 years.

Food Pairing: Richard’s personal suggestions for dishes include charcuterie, its salt and fat being complemented by the delicate spicy notes and fruit; Pork loin with honey, pepper, and lemon-zest glaze; Carpaccio; duck cassoulet;

STORY BEHIND THIS WINE

The name derives from the time of trade embargoes in South Africa when growers & winemakers smuggled grapevine material into the country by hiding the cuttings in Wellington boots. The Smuggler’s Boot range celebrates that ingenuity.

Richard Kershaw Wines is the personal project of one of the ten Masters of Wine who make their own wines. The winery was set up in 2012 in the Elgin Valley, chosen because it is the coolest part of the Western Cape. This great guru works to make fresh wines by using noble varieties that suit the area’s rocky soils and climate. One example of his work is the Smuggler’s Boot range, which is a tribute to a time of commercial embargoes when producers and winemakers smuggled vine cuttings into the country by hiding them in Wellington boots.

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