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SVS (SINGLE VINEYARD SERIES)

The Keermont Single Vineyard Series was created to high light the superb quality and individual character of the wines produced from certain vineyard parcels on the farm. These parcels have been registered as Single Vineyards with the South African Wine Industry Information & Systems NPC (SAWIS) and wines labelled as such may not contain wine made from any other vineyard. The production of each wine is therefore very limited. We do not bottle these wines every year.

KEERMONT STEEPSIDE SYRAH 2015

Planted in 2005 on the steep midslopes of the Helderberg Mountain range, Steepside Syrah sits at an elevation of 300m. Vines grow in rich red clay loam soils with high levels of iron and quartzite originating from the peaks above. The combination of these deep granitic soils and the intensity of the sunshine on the North facing ridge allows the vineyard to produce wines with power and structure, while the spicy herbal aromatics can be attributed to the elevation and the pristine fynbos flora that surround it.

All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Small parcels of grapes are specifically selected according to ripeness, harvested by hand and vinified separately. This process is carried out gently and naturally in open top fermenters using traditional methods only. This wine spent 20 months maturing in seasoned 225 and 500 Litre French oak barrels before being bottled by hand without filtration. Only 2571 bottles were produced.

TASTING NOTE

This is an intense wine with a bright strawberry red colour. Spicy, floral aromas are complimented by hints of cinnamon, ripe strawberries and black current. The palate is full and broad with ripe spicy fruit. The tight structure gives the wine a succulent dry finish with lingering flavours of vibrant and savoury red fruit. Drink 2018-2028.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 14.5 %   pH: 3.58  TA: 4.8 g/L  RS: 1.4 g/L  
TSO2: 56 mg/L   VA: 0.61 g/L

VINTAGE REPORT

A cold wet winter (as experienced in this vintage) is a good thing for the vine. It goes into full dormancy and wakes up well rested and ready for the season ahead. This was apparent with very even budding and strong early growth during spring.

From that point onwards, we experienced a very dry season. Growing conditions, however, were ideal with warm days and cool nights. This variation in temperature leads to good flavour and colour development in the berries and as a result we had a small crop with great quality.

We had our earliest harvest yet starting on 23 January and finishing on 3 March and took 70 tons of grapes into the winery. Yield 2015: 5.9 ton/Ha


ACCOLADES

  • STEEPSIDE SYRAH 15: 95pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • STEEPSIDE SYRAH 15: 4 ½ stars PLATTER GUIDE
  • STEEPSIDE SYRAH 15: 92 pts NEAL MARTIN
  • STEEPSIDE SYRAH 14: 94 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • STEEPSIDE SYRAH 14: 96 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • STEEPSIDE SYRAH 14: 4½ stars PLATTER GUIDE
  • STEEPSIDE SYRAH 12: 96 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • STEEPSIDE SYRAH 12: TIM ATKIN (MW) – Super Syrah: 70 top New World buys for Rhone Lovers, Decanter Magazine, Sep 2015
  • STEEPSIDE SYRAH 12: 92 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • STEEPSIDE SYRAH 12: 4½ stars PLATTER GUIDE
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TOPSIDE SYRAH 2015

The Topside Syrah vineyard is situated high up on the West facing mid-slopes of the Stellenbosch Mountain range (Elevation 350m). It was planted in 2006 on rocky soils consisting of sandstone and granite, weathered from the peaks above. Vines are trellised and run with the contour in a North South direction. The elevation, soil and aspect all contribute to spicy character and fine tannin structure of this wine. The views from the top of this vineyard west to Table Mountain are simply breath taking.

All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Small parcels of grapes are specifically selected according to ripeness, harvested by hand and vinified separately. This process is carried out gently and naturally in open top fermenters using traditional methods only. This wine spent 20 months maturing in seasoned 500 litre French oak barrels before being bottled by hand without filtration. Only 2541 bottles were produced.

TASTING NOTE

Dark plummy red in colour, this wine has a beautiful bouquet of black fruit with hints of violets, stems and white pepper. The palate is clean and elegant with a tight acidity and spicy fruit flavours with floral notes. The tight chalky tannin structure gives the wine a succulent dry finish with lingering flavours of red fruit, anise, fennel and a mineral saltiness. Drink 2018-2030.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 13.5 %   pH: 3.41  TA: 5.6 g/L  RS: 2.5 g/L  
TSO2: 53 mg/L   VA: 0.62 g/L

VINTAGE REPORT

A cold wet winter (as experienced in this vintage) is a good thing for the vine. It goes into full dormancy and wakes up well rested and ready for the season ahead. This was apparent with very even budding and strong early growth during spring.

From that point onwards, we experienced a very dry season. Growing conditions, however, were ideal with warm days and cool nights. This variation in temperature leads to good flavour and colour development in the berries and as a result we had a small crop with great quality.

We had our earliest harvest yet starting on 23 January and finishing on 3 March and took 70 tons of grapes into the winery.

ACCOLADES

  • TOPSIDE SYRAH 15: 96 TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • TOPSIDE SYRAH 15: 4 ½ stars PLATTER GUIDE
  • TOPSIDE SYRAH 15: 94 pts NEAL MARTIN
  • TOPSIDE SYRAH 14: 93 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • TOPSIDE SYRAH 14: 95 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • TOPSIDE SYRAH 14: 5 stars PLATTER GUIDE 2017
  • TOPSIDE SYRAH 12: 95 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • TOPSIDE SYRAH 12: 94 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • TOPSIDE SYRAH 12: 4½ stars PLATTER GUIDE
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PONDOKRUG CABERNET FRANC 2015

Pondokrug - a ridge (rug) deriving its name from a shepherds hut (Pondok).

High up on the West facing slopes of the Stellenbosch Mountain, this is a 1.8Ha parcel of Cabernet Franc planted in 2006. At an elevation of 380m above sea level and surrounded by mountain 'fynbos', this block is exposed to many natural elements resulting in very low yields. The soil on Pondokrug is red granitic loam with a high clay content which sustains the vines during the summer months. These factors allow us to produce an intense wine with unique flavours and a solid tannin structure.

All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Small parcels of grapes are specifically selected according to ripeness, harvested by hand and vinified separately. This process is carried out gently and naturally in open top fermenters using traditional methods only. This wine spent 20 months maturing in seasoned French oak barrels before being bottled by hand without filtration. Only 1464 bottles were produced.

TASTING NOTE

This wine has a pink purple hue. Typical herbal aromas are complimented by strawberries and red candy. The palate is intense with bright red fruit flavours complimented by hints of sherbet, red peppers and black currant. The tannin structure is tight and grippy and a strong central acid core gives the wine a long powerful dry finish. Drink 2018-2030.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 14.5 %   pH: 3.49  TA: 5.7 g/L  RS: 1.5 g/L  
TSO2: 55 mg/L   VA: 0.82 g/L

VINTAGE REPORT

A cold wet winter (as experienced in this vintage) is a good thing for the vine. It goes into full dormancy and wakes up well rested and ready for the season ahead.

This was apparent with very even budding and strong early growth during spring. From that point onwards, we experienced a very dry season. Growing conditions, however, were ideal with warm days and cool nights.

This variation in temperature leads to good flavour and colour development in the berries and as a result we had a small crop with great quality.

We had our earliest harvest yet starting on 23 January and finishing on 3 March and took 70 tons of grapes into the winery. Yield 2015: 2.7 ton/Ha


ACCOLADES

  • PONDOKRUG CAB FRANC 15: 96pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • PONDOKRUG CAB FRANC 15: 4 ½ star PLATTER GUIDE
  • PONDOKRUG CAB FRANC 15: 90 pts NEAL MARTIN
  • PONDOKRUG CAB FRANC 14: 92 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • PONDOKRUG CAB FRANC 14: 94 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • PONDOKRUG CAB FRANC 14: 4 stars PLATTER GUIDE
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RIVERSIDE CHENIN BLANC 2017

Planted in 1971, Riverside Chenin Blanc is the oldest vineyard on the farm. Soils on the banks of the upper Blaauwklippen River, in which the vines are planted, vary from sandy alluvial plains with river stone to red clay loam as one moves away from the river. This patchy old vineyard, at an elevation of 250m, delivers very low yields of incredible quality fruit year in and year out. Like the old vines from which it is made, this wine has great complexity and character with quiet intensity.

All grapes used in producing this wine are sourced from the Riverside vineyard on Keermont. Small parcels of grapes are selected according to optimal ripeness and harvested by hand. The grapes are vinified gently and naturally following traditional techniques. This wine was fermented and then spent a further 12 months maturing on the lees in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels. Bottling was carried out by hand without filtration. Only 3792 bottles of this wine was produced.

TASTING NOTE

A polished light yellow gold colour, this wine has a bouquet of citrus blossom with hazelnut, lemon grass and spring flowers. The entry on the palate is tight and focussed with ripe peach and lime flavours and a hint of marzipan. Lovely zippy acidity allows for a long clean textured finish. Drink 2018-2028.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 13.5 %   pH: 3.38 TA: 4.6 g/L  RS: 1.4 g/L  
TSO2: 68 mg/L   VA: 0.57 g/L

VINTAGE REPORT

2017 was a very good growing season on Keermont. Despite a drier than usual winter, we had strong growth in the vineyards during the spring time. This led to the formation of a good healthy crop which ripened evenly during the warm, dry summer. Harvest started fairly early, but was put on hold after a heavy rainfall. This perked the vines up and allowed for extended ripening which definitely raised the quality. We recorded one of our largest and healthiest crops yet.


ACCOLADES

  • RIVERSIDE CHEN 17: 95pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • RIVERSIDE CHEN 17: 4 ½ stars PLATTER GUIDE
  • RIVERSIDE CHEN 17: 91 pts NEAL MARTIN
  • RIVERSIDE CHEN 15: 93 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • RIVERSIDE CHEN 15: 93 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • RIVERSIDE CHEN 14:  5 stars PLATTER GUIDE 2016
  • RIVERSIDE CHEN 14: 92 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • RIVERSIDE CHEN 14: 17 pts JANCIS ROBINSON
  • RIVERSIDE CHEN 13: 89 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • RIVERSIDE CHEN 13:  4½ stars PLATTER GUIDE
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KEERMONT RANGE



KEERMONT ESTATE RESERVE 2014

The Keermont Estate Reserve is our flagship red blend. With this blend we aim to bring to life the nuances of both the terroir at Keermont Vineyards and the particular vintage. All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Most of the vineyard parcels grow on deep red clay rich soil derived from sandstone and granite and are surrounded by indigenous 'fynbos' vegetation. Our vineyards are planted on steep mid-slopes in the valley between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountain ranges. Aspects vary from North East through North to West facing between 250 and 400 meters above sea level. Small batches of grapes are specifically selected according to ripeness, harvested by hand and vinified separately. This process is carried out gently and naturally in open top fermenters using traditional methods only. This wine spent 24 months maturing in seasoned French oak barriques before being bottled by hand without filtration on 1 February 2016. 14229 bottles and 100 magnums were produced. The Keermont Estate Reserve 2014 was bottle aged in our cellar for 36 months before release to ensure integration and improved drinkability on release.

TASTING NOTE

Bright velvet red in the glass, this wine exudes complex aromas of ripe cherry, wild berries, and cloves. On the palate, the wine has a soft entry with an array of flavours: ripe red berries, crushed herbs and spice. There is a dense core which gives the wine good weight on the palate. A full chalky tannin structure comes to the fore affording the wine a long succulent finish with dark cherry notes. Drink 2019-2030.

BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Steepside
Merlot
1987
2.8 ton/Ha
12%
High Road
Merlot
2005
8 ton/Ha
20%
Cottage Lane
Cab Sauv
2006
3.7 ton/Ha
31%
High Road
Cab Franc
2007
2.5 ton/Ha
16%
Steepside
Petit Verdot
2005
7.3 ton/Ha
12%
Homestead
Malbec
2007
5.5 ton/Ha
6%
Steepside
Syrah
2005
6 ton/Ha
2%

VINTAGE REPORT

2014 was a great vintage at Keermont Vineyards. The season's winter was generally mild, but became cold and wet towards spring time. We experienced record rainfall and even snow on the mountains during August. This allowed for good vine growth during the spring, but also increased the mildew pressure and resulted in an unusually large insect population. Fortunately neither of these had a major impact on our crop. Our soils stayed moist through the growing season thanks to moderate temperatures and we hardly had to irrigate at all before harvest. A series of heat waves in early February jolted us into harvest action. The vines, which had been very nurtured by all the moisture, suddenly started to show some signs of stress and we needed to pick quite a few of the blocks over a short period. The favourable growing conditions contributed to a healthy crop of 152 tons for Keermont Vineyards. We processed 88 tons in our winery and sold 64.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 14.5 %   pH: 3.60 
TA: 5.2 g/L  RS: 1.5 g/L  
TSO2: 72 mg/L   VA: 0.79 g/L


ACCOLADES

  • KEERMONT 14: 93 pts NEAL MARTIN (Vinous)
  • KEERMONT 14: 4 ½ stars PLATTER'S GUIDE
  • KEERMONT 14: 93pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • KEERMONT 13: 94pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • KEERMONT 13: 92 pts NEAL MARTIN
  • KEERMONT 13: 4.5 stars PLATTER GUIDE
  • KEERMONT 12: 17 pts JANCIS ROBINSON
  • KEERMONT 12: 89 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • KEERMONT 12: 91 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • KEERMONT 12: MATTHEW JUKES WoW in Money week: “work of extreme alchemy” – 21 November 2014
  • KEERMONT 12:  4 stars PLATTER GUIDE
  • KEERMONT 11: 93pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • KEERMONT 09: 94pts PETER MOSER (Falstaff)
  • KEERMONT 09: 93pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
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CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016

Keermont Cabernet grows in our Cottage Lane Vineyard on the mid-slopes of the Helderberg. This vineyard is situated on the crest of a ridge (320m above sea level) so has aspects ranging from East through North to West. It is very exposed resulting in small vines with low yields. This has allowed us to make a relatively fine grained Cabernet, but the clay soils translate to a wine with power, tension and fresh acidity. We blend in a couple of barrels of other varieties to add to the complexity of flavour and tannin structure.

All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Most of the vineyard parcels grow on deep red clay-rich soils derived from sandstone and granite and are surrounded by indigenous 'fynbos' vegetation. Our vineyards are planted on steep mid-slopes in the valley between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountain ranges. Aspects vary from North East through North to West facing between 250 and 400 meters above sea level. Small batches of grapes are specifically selected according to ripeness, harvested by hand and vinified separately. This process is carried out gently and naturally in open top fermenters using traditional methods only. This wine spent 22 months maturing in seasoned French oak barriques before being bottled by hand without filtration on 17 November 2017. 8133 bottles and 51 magnums were produced. The Keermont Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 was bottle aged in our cellar for 18 months before release to ensure integration and improved drinkability on release.

TASTING NOTE

Bright, ruby red colour. The nose is classical and dusty with a complex mix of savoury notes: crushed herbs, violets, dark chocolate, and some lovely bright red fruit. The palate is fine and elegant with a lovely subtle vibrancy. Savoury notes of tomato paste and tea leaf add character to the bright red strawberry and cherry flavours. Tight-knit tannin and a gentle natural acidity afford the wine a long succulent finish with lingering ripe fruit flavour. Drink 2019-2030

BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Cottage Lane
Cabernet Sauvignon
2006
4.5 ton/Ha
87%
Homestead 2
Malbec
2007
7.4 ton/Ha
7%
Pondok Rug 3
Cabernet Franc
2007
4.6 ton/Ha
6%
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VINTAGE REPORT

The 2016 vintage was a challenging one for the vineyard team. It started with moderate winter temperatures and below average rainfall. Spring came early and was also relatively warm and dry and we started to irrigate earlier than usual. The weather continued to warm up towards Christmas and we experienced average maximum temperatures of 30°C and 35°C for December and January respectively! Fortunately, we had some rain during December which pepped the vines up leading into the critical 'Veraison' period over Christmas and into January. This is when the berries change colour and begin to ripen and is a high water-demand period. With all of the hot, dry weather the grapes ripened quickly and we started picking earlier than ever before (19 January). We had a crazy month of harvesting where we processed 78 tons of grapes from the farm including 11 different varieties. Harvest ended as quickly as it had begun and by 19 February we had picked all of the grapes for Keermont wines.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 14.0 %   pH: 3.56   TA: 5.1g/L
RS: 1.5 g/L   TSO2: 104 mg/L   VA: 0.68 g/L

ACCOLADES

  • CAB 16: 4 ½ stars PLATTER'S GUIDE
  • CAB 16: 95 pts NEAL MARTIN (Vinous)
  • CAB 16: 92 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • CAB 15: 93 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • CAB 15: 4 stars PLATTER GUIDE
  • CAB 15: 91 pts NEAL MARTIN
  • CAB 14: 93 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • CAB 14: 91 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
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SYRAH 2015

KEERMONT SYRAH 2015 is a blend of three different Syrah vineyard sites growing on Keermont Vineyards: Steepside Syrah: Growing on a North facing slope in deep, red clay-rich soils; this vineyard generally produces powerful full bodied wines with rich, spicy flavours. Topside Syrah: An unirrigated west facing vineyard planted at 400m above sea level on rocky sandstone-based soil. Topside Syrah is usually a more aromatic wine with good structure and natural acid. Sweetwater Syrah: Situated in a rocky valley below the Fleurfontein spring, this is the coolest of the three Syrah sites and ripens the latest. Sweetwater Syrah is normally lighter and elegant in style with a herbal aroma. In certain vintages we may add a small percentage of Mourvèdre from the Steepside vineyard in order to bring another aspect to the tannin structure of the wine.

All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Small parcels of grapes are specifically selected according to ripeness, harvested by hand and vinified separately. This process is carried out gently and naturally in open top fermenters using traditional methods only. This wine spent 20 months maturing in seasoned 500 and 225 Litre French oak barrels before being bottled by hand without filtration on 3 December 2015. We produced 16432 bottles and 102 magnums.

TASTING NOTE

The Keermont Syrah 2015 has a bright strawberry red colour with a lighter hue. It has an enchanting bouquet of wild flowers, sweet cherries and an array of spices. The palate is elegant and focussed with a clean, linear acidity. It has an exciting cherry and plum flavour with notes of spice and earthiness. The tannins are vibrant and tight, and the wine has a long, succulent, herbal finish. Drink 2018-2028.

BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Steepside
Syrah
2005
4 ton/Ha
36%
Topside
Syrah
2006
5.3 ton/Ha
38%
Sweetwater
Syrah
2006
8.8 ton/Ha
13%
Steepside
Mourvèdre
2009
3.5 ton/Ha
13%
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VINTAGE REPORT

A cold, wet winter (as experienced in this vintage) is a good thing for the vine. It goes into full dormancy and wakes up well rested and ready for the season ahead. This was apparent with very even budding and strong, early growth during spring. From that point onwards, we experienced a very dry season. Growing conditions, however, were ideal with warm days and cool nights. This variation in temperature generally leads to good flavour and colour development in the berries and as a result we had a small crop with great quality. We had our earliest harvest yet starting on 23 January and finishing on 3 March and took 70 tons of grapes into the winery.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 14.37 %   pH: 3.53   TA: 5.2 g/L
RS: 1.6 g/L   TSO2: 83 mg/L   VA: 0.72 g/L

ACCOLADES

  • SYRAH 15: 4 ½ stars PLATTER'S GUIDE
  • SYRAH 15: 93 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • SYRAH 14: 4 stars PLATTER'S GUIDE
  • SYRAH 14: 94 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • SYRAH 14: 90 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • SYRAH 13: 93 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • SYRAH 13: 4 stars PLATTER GUIDE
  • SYRAH 12: 95 pts (5 stars) DECANTER MAGAZINE
  • SYRAH 12: 17 pts JANCIS ROBINSON
  • SYRAH 12: 92 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • SYRAH 12: 94 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • SYRAH 12: MATTHEW JUKES WoW in Money week:"my top red wine from the recent South African expo ….""the greatest South African sensory experiences of my year "-  21 November 2014
  • SYRAH 12: 4 stars PLATTER GUIDE
  • SYRAH 11: 91 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • SYRAH 10: 93 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • SYRAH 10: 92pts JAMES MOLESWORTH (Wine Spectator)
  • SYRAH 10: 19/20 RENÉ GABRIEL
  • SYRAH 10: 92pts PETER MOSER (Falstaff)
  • SYRAH 10: 17.5pts JULIA HARDING (MW) (Jancis Robinson)
  • SYRAH 09: 94 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • SYRAH 09: 91pts JAMES MOLESWORTH (Wine Spectator)
  • SYRAH 09: 94pts PETER MOSER (Falstaff)
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MERLOT 2017

All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Most of the vineyard parcels grow on deep red clay rich soil derived from sandstone and granite and are surrounded by indigenous vegetation. They lie between 250 and 400 metres above sea level at the top of the valley between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountain ranges and have a variety of aspects from North East to West facing. Small batches of grapes are specifically selected according to ripeness, harvested by hand and vinified separately. This process is carried out gently with minimal intervention in open top fermenters using traditional methods only. This wine spent 20 months maturing in seasoned French oak barrels before being bottled by hand without filtration on 30 November 2018. A total of 11171 bottles (930 cases) were produced.

TASTING NOTE

The Keermont Merlot 2017 has a deep royal red colour. Ripe red fruit and liqueur cherry aromas are complimented by dark chocolate, leather and mint notes. The palate is soft, but elegant and refreshing. The wine exudes flavours of ripe red fruit with undertones of cocoa, herbs and thatch. Tight chalky tannins and good natural acidity help to maintain a fresh elegance and a long, succulent dry finish. Best drinking: 2020-2028.

BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Homestead
Merlot
2007
6.7 ton/Ha
70%
Pondokrug
Merlot
2009
9.9 ton/Ha
16%
Pondokrug
Cabernet Franc
2007
6.2 ton/Ha
8%
Homestead
Malbec
2007
4.4 ton/Ha
6%
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VINTAGE REPORT

2017 was a very good growing season on Keermont. Despite a drier than usual winter, we had strong growth in the vineyards during the spring time. This led to the formation of a good healthy crop which ripened evenly during the warm, dry summer. Harvest started fairly early, but was put on hold after a heavy rainfall. This perked the vines up and allowed for extended ripening which definitely raised the quality. We recorded one of our largest and healthiest crops yet.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 14.5 %   pH: 3.56   TA: 5.0 g/L
RS: 1.5 g/L   TSO2: 88 mg/L   VA: 0.66 g/L

ACCOLADES

  • MERLOT 17: 4 ½ stars PLATTER'S GUIDE
  • MERLOT 16: 4 ½ stars PLATTER'S GUIDE
  • MERLOT 15: 4 stars PLATTER'S GUIDE
  • MERLOT 15: 91 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • MERLOT 15: 86 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)

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KEERMONT TERRASSE 2016

The KEERMONT TERRASSE white blend derives its name from the terraced vineyards on Keermont. The backbone of this blend is Chenin Blanc from a 48 year old un-irrigated vineyard called 'Riverside' and this is complimented by Chenin from two younger vineyards and varying fractions of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Most of the vineyard parcels grow on deep red clay rich soil derived from sandstone and granite and are surrounded by indigenous vegetation. They lie between 250 and 400 meters above sea level in the valley between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountain ranges and have a variety of aspects from North East to West facing. Small batches of grapes are specifically selected according to ripeness, harvested by hand and vinified separately. White wines are fermented by indigenous yeast in seasoned French oak barrels and then spend a further 12 months maturing on the lees. Bottling is carried out by hand without filtration. 13 616 bottles produced.

TASTING NOTE

A polished light yellow gold colour, this wine has a bouquet driven by vanilla and butterscotch with undertones of peach and cut grass. Upfront fruit flavours of peach and apricot are complimented by hints of spice and green pepper as well as a touch of oak. The palate has a crunchy apple acidity which holds the wine together into a long succulent dry finish. Drink 2018-2027.

BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Riverside
Chenin Blanc
1971
1.0 ton/Ha
11%
Low Road
Chenin Blanc
2007
3.5 ton/Ha
16%
Bobbejaan
Chenin Blanc
2009
3.4 ton/Ha
12%
Uitkyk
Sauv Blanc
1988
3.8 ton/Ha
20%
Low Road
Sauv Blanc
2005
5.2 ton/Ha
14%
Low Road
Chardonnay
2007
6.6 ton/Ha
11%
Die Terrasse
Chardonnay
2009
0.6 ton/Ha
2%
Cottage Lane
Viognier
2006
11 ton/Ha
14%
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VINTAGE REPORT

The 2016 vintage started with a very moderate winter with below average rainfall. Spring came early and was also relatively warm and dry and we started to irrigate earlier than usual. The weather continued to warm up towards Christmas and we experienced average maximum temperatures of 30°C and 35°C for December and January respectively! Fortunately, we had some rain during December which pepped the vines up leading into the critical 'Veraison' period over Christmas and into January. This is when the berries change colour and begin to ripen and is a high water-demand period. The tough growing conditions took their toll on our Chenin Blanc vineyards in particular. This resulted in a low yield and therefore a lower percentage in the Terrasse blend than usual. With all the hot, dry weather the grapes ripened quickly and we started picking earlier than ever before on 19 January. We had a crazy month of harvesting where we processed 78 tons of grapes from the farm including 11 different varieties. Harvest ended as quickly as it had begun and by 19 February we had picked all of the grapes for Keermont wines of 2016.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 13.44%   pH: 3.43   TA: 5.3g/L
RS: 1.8g/L   TSO2: 86mg/L   VA: 0.61g/L

ACCOLADES

  • TERRASSE 16: FIRST CLASS Japan Airlines
  • TERRASSE 16: 93pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • TERRASSE 16: 4 ½ stars PLATTER GUIDE
  • TERRASSE 16: 90 pts NEAL MARTIN
  • TERRASSE 15: 95 pts Cape White Blend Report - Wine Magazine 2017
  • TERRASSE 15: 93 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • TERRASSE 15: 4 stars PLATTER GUIDE
  • TERRASSE 15: 92 pts WINE SPECTATOR
  • TERRASSE 15: 93 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • TERRASSE 14: FIRST CLASS British Airways
  • TERRASSE 14: 94 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • TERRASSE 14: 90 pts WINE SPECTATOR 2016
  • TERRASSE 14: 4½ stars PLATTER GUIDE 2016
  • TERRASSE 14: 93 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • TERRASSE 13: FIRST CLASS British Airways
  • TERRASSE 13: 17 pts JANCIS ROBINSON
  • TERRASSE 13: 89 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • TERRASSE 13: 94 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • TERRASSE 13: MATTHEW JUKES WoW in Money week: “scintillating “– 21 November 2014
  • TERRASSE 13: 4 stars PLATTER GUIDE
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KEERMONT FLEURFONTEIN 2018

The KEERMONT FLEURFONTEIN (‘flower fountain’) derives its name from a beautiful spring on the farm near the Sauvignon blanc vineyard from which the grapes are sourced. Raisins are produced by pinching the stem of the grape bunches while they ripen on the vine. This stops the translocation of fluids into and out of the grapes and allows them to dry naturally during the warm summer. The raisins are harvested a few weeks later and the syrupy juice is squeezed from them with a hard pressing process. The syrup is fermented by indigenous yeast in Hungarian and French oak barrels and is left to mature for 18 months. Total production was 3500 bottles. All grapes used in producing this wine were grown on Keermont Vineyards and bottling was carried out by hand in our cellar.

TASTING NOTE

Pure yellow gold in colour, the Fleurfontein 2018 exudes aromas of kiwifruit, dried apricot, and citrus with hints of hazelnut and vanilla. The palate is full and creamy with concentrated flavours of dried fruits and marzipan. A central core of acidity gives the wine a long, complex and focused succulent finish with a slightly salty touch. Drink now through to 2030.

BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
Low Road
Sauv Blanc
2005
5.6 ton/Ha
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VINTAGE REPORT

Despite prevailing drought conditions, 2018 was a very good growing season on Keermont. We had a fairly cold winter although it was drier than usual. Spring arrived quite early and the warm weather ensured an even budburst. We had some good rain showers during the season which allowed for the vines to grow sufficiently. These factors led to the formation of a healthy crop which ripened evenly. We had very notable diurnal temperature variation during this season (warm days and cool nights) which is responsible for good tannin, colour, and flavour development. Harvest started at the beginning of February and ran very smoothly. We processed 87 tons (13 varieties) over 7 weeks.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 11.5 %   pH: 3.61  TA: 6.7 g/L
RS: 250 g/L   TSO2: 184mg/L   VA: 1.34 g/L

ACCOLADES

  • FLEURFONTEIN 18: 95 pts NEAL MARTIN (Vinous)
  • FLEURFONTEIN 18: 4 ½ stars PLATTER'S GUIDE
  • FLEURFONTEIN 18: 92pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • FLEURFONTEIN 17: 93pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • FLEURFONTEIN 17: 4 ½ stars PLATTER'S GUIDE
  • FLEURFONTEIN 17: 93 pts NEAL MARTIN
  • FLEURFONTEIN 15: 95 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • FLEURFONTEIN 15: 94 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • FLEURFONTEIN 14: 94 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • FLEURFONTEIN 14: 94pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • FLEURFONTEIN 13: FIRST CLASS British Airways
  • FLEURFONTEIN 13: 16.5 pts JANCIS ROBINSON
  • FLEURFONTEIN 12: 91pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • FLEURFONTEIN 12: 94 ptsTIM ATKIN (MW)
  • FLEURFONTEIN 12: FIRST CLASS British Airways
  • FLEURFONTEIN 12: 4½ starsPLATTER GUIDE 2015
  • FLEURFONTEIN 10: 92 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • FLEURFONTEIN 10: 4 stars PLATTER GUIDE 2012
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KEERMONT COMPANION

Our Companion wines have brougth great
enjoyment over recent years.

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PREVIOUS RELEASES

Merlot, Chardonnay, Syrah and Mourvèdre.

AVAILABILITY

Please note these wines are not annual. Contact the cellar direct regarding availability.



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KEERMONT VINEYARDS, UPPER BLAAUWKLIPPEN ROAD, STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA   TEL + 27 (0)21 880 0397   MAIL info@keermont.co.za



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