Press Release

Joint Announcement from Richard Kershaw and Mulderbosch – 25 August 2011

Richard Kershaw, Winemaker at Mulderbosch, today announced his decision to leave the company to pursue new challenges and expand his winemaking experience by working the upcoming vintage in Europe and developing his own vineyard in nearby Elgin.

Richard has served the company with distinction for the past eight years.  Formerly Winemaker for then-sister winery Kanu, he was appointed Group Winemaker at both Mulderbosch and Kanu two years ago.  He then assumed duties as Winemaker at Mulderbosch after Mulderbosch and Kanu were split into independent businesses.

Born and raised in England, Richard first qualified as a chef before following his dream of becoming a winemaker by going back to the books.  Richard now considers South Africa to be his home, and it is where he and his young family are settled.  He awaits news on the outcome of his thesis submitted as the final stage of the International Master of Wine examinations.

Richard says, ‘Like so many winemakers, I’m eternally keen to undertake new challenges and am excited to be embarking upon these initiatives, which will afford me the chance to work a vintage in Europe this year and take some of those experiences into consultancy projects going forward.

‘The experience I have gained working at Mulderbosch and Kanu over the last eight years has given me valued and intimate knowledge of winemaking here in the Cape.  It’s a terrific opportunity to take this knowledge a step further.’

As part of his new enterprise, Richard is launching a multi-platform series of sites under ‘rikipedia’ that will feature winemaking blogs, technical information and more light-hearted notes on weekly tasting experiences.

For further information Richard is contactable at richard@rikipedia.co or +27 76 0911 602.

Michael Anderson, director of Mulderbosch, said in tribute, ‘After significant years contributing to Mulderbosch, Richard will be missed for the tremendous teamwork and strong rapport he developed between vineyard and winery.  We wish him success with his new ventures.’

Richard will be leaving at the end of August, to accommodate his planned vintage work in France. The remainder of Mulderbosch’s winemaking team will continue to craft Mulderbosch’s fine wines as before with Andy Erickson’s oversight.

For further enquiries please contact Sean Griffiths, Mulderbosch’s Sales and Marketing Manager at sean@mulderbosch.co.za or +27 21 881 8140.