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KEERMONT STEEPSIDE SYRAH 2012

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 2'nd fill French oak barrels before being bottled by hand without filtration on 25 November 2013. Only 867 bottles were produced.

TASTING NOTE

This is an intense wine with a bright scarlet colour. Pure grapey aromas are complimented by red spices, herbs and lavender. The palate has a gentle entry with subtle spicy fruit flavours filling the mid palate. The tight structure gives the wine a succulent dry finish with lingering flavours of red fruit, anise, liquorice and a mineral saltiness. Drink 2014-2024.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 14.0 %   pH: 3.74  TA: 5.2 g/L  RS: 1.0 g/L  
TSO2: 65 mg/L   VA: 0.77 g/L

VINTAGE REPORT

A warm, dry winter was followed by a mild spring with some good rain showers. This led to good growth and canopy development although budding and flowering were slightly uneven.Weather started to warm up and dry out during December. High humidity kept the disease pressure up and regular sprays continued into the beginning of January.

Some very warm conditions were experienced through January with one three day long heat wave delivering temperatures of up to 40 degrees. Fortunately, we were quite well prepared in our irrigation scheduling and vineyards didn't stress.

Harvest started on the 8 February. Temperatures moderated nicely during February and into March with relatively few hot days. This allowed for pleasant harvesting conditions where blocks could be left to ripen without too much concern of the sugars increasing quickly. We eventually picked 105 tons over seven weeks. The grapes all came in with good chemical analysis and in a generally healthy condition with good flavour and phenolic development.


ACCOLADES

  • 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 2012

The Topside Syrah vineyard is situated high up on the West facing midslopes 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 block 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 a single 500 litre 2'nd fill French oak barrel before being bottled by hand without filtration on 25 November 2013. Only 667 bottles were produced.

TASTING NOTE

Violet red in colour, this wine has a bouquet of intense spicy red fruit with hints of white pepper and potpourri. The palate is clean and elegant with a tight acidity and ripe spicy fruit flavours. The tight structure gives the wine a succulent dry finish with lingering flavours of red fruit, anise, liquorice and a mineral saltiness. Drink 2014-2024.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 14.5 %   pH: 3.52  TA: 5.6 g/L  RS: 1.8 g/L  
TSO2: 83 mg/L   VA: 0.8 g/L

VINTAGE REPORT

A warm, dry winter was followed by a mild spring with some good rain showers. This led to good growth and canopy development although budding and flowering were slightly uneven. Weather started to warm up and dry out during December. High humidity kept the disease pressure up and regular sprays continued into the beginning of January.

Some very warm conditions were experienced through January with one three day long heat wave delivering temperatures of up to 40 degrees. Fortunately, we were quite well prepared in our irrigation scheduling and vineyards didn't stress.

Harvest started on the 8 February. Temperatures moderated nicely during February and into March with relatively few hot days. This allowed for pleasant harvesting conditions where blocks could be left to ripen without too much concern of the sugars increasing quickly.

We eventually picked 105 tons over seven weeks. The grapes all came in with good chemical analysis and in a generally healthy condition with good flavour and phenolic development.


ACCOLADES

  • 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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RIVERSIDE CHENIN BLANC 2014

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 our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. 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 in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels and then spent a further 12 months maturing on the lees. Bottling is carried out by hand without filtration. Only 1153 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 butterscotch undertones. The wine has a soft sweet entry with a racy linear acidity. Ripe citrus and stone fruit flavours evolve into a lovely lingering dry earthy finish. This is a textured white wine with layers of flavour. Drink 2016-2026.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 13.5 %   pH: 3.56  TA: 4.7 g/L  RS: 2.0 g/L  
TSO2: 93 mg/L   VA: 0.55 g/L

VINTAGE REPORT

The winter of 2013 was generally mild, but became cold and wet towards spring time. Keermont experienced record rain and snowfall 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 record crop of 150 tons which came off in 28 days of which 90 tons was taken in to the winery and 60 tons sold to other producers.


ACCOLADES

  • 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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RIVERSIDE CHENIN BLANC 2013

Planted in 1971, Riverside Chenin balnc 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 our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Small parcels of grapes are selected according to optimal ripeness and harvested by hand. The grapes are vinified gently and naturally following traditional techniques. White wines are fermented in seasoned French oak barrels and then spend a further 12 months maturing on the lees. Bottling is carried out by hand without filtration. Only 572 bottles of this wine were produced.

TASTING NOTE

A polished light yellow gold colour, this wine has a bouquet of citrus blossom with hazelnut, lemon grass and butterscotch undertones. The wine has a soft sweet entry with a racy linear acidity. Ripe citrus and stone fruit flavours evolve into a lovely lingering dry earthy finish. This is a textured white wine with layers of flavour. Drink 2014-2024.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 13.5 %   pH: 3.41  TA: 5.4 g/L  RS: 3.0 g/L  
TSO2: 87 mg/L   VA: 0.55 g/L

VINTAGE REPORT

2013 Can be considered as our most challenging season yet at Keermont Vineyards. Generally, it was a very good growing season. It started with a cold and wet winter and wet spring. We faced the usual challenges at budburst with the mountain wildlife feeding on the young buds as well as strong winds and even a serious hail storm.

Things were going well until the end of November when we were hammered by three consecutive days of ferocious Easterly winds. The vines were completely sandblasted losing leaves, bunches and shoots in the process. We estimated about sixty per cent of our crop was lost to the wind. The rest of the season was focussed on nursing the vines back to good health and trying to protect the remaining crop.

Dry weather during the midseason punctuated by heatspikes led to harvest starting early. Heavy rain increased the disease pressure and we had to harvest the white grapes quickly to avoid loss to rot. Ripening slowed considerably after the rain and we could harvest the 51 tons of grapes which had survived the wind under relatively calm conditions. We eventually processed 32 tons of grapes in the winery.


ACCOLADES

  • RIVERSIDE CHEN 13: 89 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • RIVERSIDE CHEN 13:  4½ stars PLATTER GUIDE
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KEERMONT TERRASSE 2014

The KEERMONT TERRASSE white blend derives its name from the terraced vineyards in the Stellenbosch mountains from which the grapes are harvested. The backbone of this blend is Chenin Blanc from a 43 year old un-irrigated vineyard called 'Riverside' and is complimented by Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. For the first time this year we have sourced fruit from a young block of dry farmed bush vine Chenin called Bobbejaan Wingerd. The block was aptly named by the Roux family who farmed here for several generations and is still regularly frequented by the baboons. All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Small parcels of grapes are selected according to optimal ripeness and harvested by hand. The grapes are vinified gently and naturally following traditional techniques. White wines are fermented in seasoned French oak barrels and then spend a further 12 months maturing on the lees with a small component of this blend fermented and aged in a stainless steel tank. Bottling is carried out by hand without filtration. 16 823 bottles produced.


TASTING NOTE

A polished light yellow gold colour, this wine has a bouquet of citrus blossom with hazelnut, lemon grass and butterscotch undertones. The wine has a soft sweet entry with a racy linear acidity. Ripe citrus and stone fruit flavours evolve into a lovely lingering dry earthy finish. This is a textured white wine with layers of flavour. Drink 2014-2024.


BLOCKS


BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Riverside
Chenin Blanc
1971
3.8 ton/Ha
34%
Low Road
Chenin Blanc
2007
10 ton/Ha
26%
Bobbejaan
Chenin Blanc
2009
6.2 ton/Ha
5%
Uitkyk
Sauv Blanc
1988
3.4 ton/Ha
17%
Low Road
Chardonnay
2007
10 ton/Ha
13%
Cottage Lane
Viognier
2006
10 ton/Ha
5%
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VINTAGE REPORT

The winter of 2013 was generally mild, but became cold and wet towards spring time. Keermont experienced record rain and snowfall 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 record crop of 150 tons which came off in 28 days of which 90 tons was taken in to the winery and 60 tons sold to other producers.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 14%   pH: 3.48   TA: 4.8g/L
RS: 2.6g/L   TSO2: 82mg/L   VA: 0.62g/L

ACCOLADES

  • 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
  • TERRASSE 12: 90pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • TERRASSE 12: 17/20 Jancis Robinson’s Wine of the Week (20 Sept 2013)
  • TERRASSE 12: FIRST CLASS British Airways
  • TERRASSE 11: 93pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • TERRASSE 11: 92+ pts INTERNATIONAL WINE REVIEW
  • TERRASSE 11: 92pts PETER MOSER (Falstaff)
  • TERRASSE 10: 91pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • TERRASSE 10: 18/20 CHRISTIAN EEDES
  • TERRASSE 09: 90pts PETER MOSER (Falstaff)
  • TERRASSE 09: 4 stars PLATTER GUIDE
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KEERMONT TERRASSE 2013

The KEERMONT TERRASSE white blend derives its name from the terraced vineyards in the Stellenbosch mountains from which the grapes are harvested. The backbone of this blend is Chenin blanc from a 43 year old un-irrigated vineyard called 'Riverside' and is complimented by Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and Viognier. All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Small parcels of grapes are selected according to optimal ripeness and harvested by hand. The grapes are vinified gently and naturally following traditional techniques. White wines are fermented in seasoned French oak barrels and then spend a further 12 months maturing on the lees. Bottling is carried out by hand without filtration. Strong November winds (discussed in the vintage report) resulted in a very low yield on the more susceptible Sauvignon blanc vineyard, but fortunately the other blocks were not as badly affected. A total of 21 barrels of 2013 Terrasse was produced yielding 9450 bottles.


TASTING NOTE

A polished light yellow gold colour, this wine has a bouquet of citrus blossom with hazelnut, lemon grass and butterscotch undertones. The wine has a soft sweet entry with a racy linear acidity. Ripe citrus and stone fruit flavours evolve into a lovely lingering dry earthy finish. This is a textured white wine with layers of flavour. Drink 2014-2024.


BLOCKS


BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Riverside
Chenin Blanc
1971
1.7 ton/Ha
25%
Low Road
Chenin Blanc
2007
7.2 ton/Ha
42%
Low Road
Chardonnay
2007
6.8 ton/Ha
17%
Cottage Lane
Viognier
2006
5.5 ton/Ha
9%
Uitkyk
Sauv Blanc
1988
0.8 ton/Ha
7%
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VINTAGE REPORT

2013 Can be considered as our most challenging season yet at Keermont Vineyards. Generally, it was a very good growing season. It started with a cold and wet winter and wet spring. We faced the usual challenges at budburst with the mountain wildlife feeding on the young buds as well as strong winds and even a serious hail storm. Things were going well until the end of November when we were hammered by three consecutive days of ferocious Easterly winds. The vines were completely sandblasted losing leaves, bunches and shoots in the process. We estimated about sixty per cent of our crop was lost to the wind. The rest of the season was focussed on nursing the vines back to good health and trying to protect the remaining crop. Dry weather during the midseason punctuated by heatspikes led to harvest starting early. Heavy rain increased the disease pressure and we had to harvest the white grapes quickly to avoid loss to rot. Ripening slowed considerably after the rain and we could harvest the 51 tons of grapes which had survived the wind under relatively calm conditions. We eventually processed 32 tons of grapes in the winery.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 13.5%   pH: 3.49   TA: 4.8g/L
RS: 3.0g/L   TSO2: 82mg/L   VA: 0.65g/L

ACCOLADES

  • TERRASSE 13: British Airways FIRST CLASS
  • TERRASSE 13: JANCIS ROBINSON – 17 pts
  • TERRASSE 13: NEAL MARTIN (Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate) – 89 pts
  • TERRASSE 13: TIM ATKIN (MW) – 94 pts
  • TERRASSE 13: MATTHEW JUKES WoW in Money week: “scintillating “– 21 November 2014
  • TERRASSE 13:PLATTER GUIDE – 4 stars
  • TERRASSE 12: 90pts Neal Martin (Wine Advocate)
  • TERRASSE 12: Jancis Robinson’s Wine of the Week (20 Sept 2013) 17/20
  • TERRASSE 12: British Airways 1st class
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KEERMONT TERRASSE 2012

The Keermont Terrasse 2012 is a white blend which derives its name from the terraced vineyards from which the grapes are harvested. The backbone of this blend is Chenin Blanc from a 40 year old un-irrigated vineyard called ‘Riverside’ and Sauvignon Blanc produced from a 23 year old un-irrigated vineyard called ‘Uitkyk’. This is complimented by Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier from younger vineyards. 2012 saw one of our main Chenin Blanc blocks, Low Road, severely affected by Powdery Mildew, hence the lower percentage of Chenin in the final blend than usual. Total production was just 13 barrels yielding 6500 bottles. All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Small parcels of grapes are selected according to optimal ripeness and harvested by hand in the cool of the early morning. The grapes are vinified gently and naturally following traditional techniques. White wines are fermented in seasoned French oak barrels and then spend a further 12 months maturing on the lees. Bottling is carried out by hand without filtration.

TASTING NOTE

A polished light yellow, gold colour. Aromas develop from spicy floral notes to hazelnut, lemon grass and rye with butterscotch undertones. The wine has a soft sweet entry with ripe citrus and vanilla flavours evolving into a lovely long, dry, earthy finish. Drink 2013-2020.


BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Riverside
Chenin Blanc
1971
2.0 ton/Ha
14%
Low Road
Chenin Blanc
2007
6.4 ton/Ha
17%
Low Road
Chardonnay
2007
9.2 ton/Ha
30%
Cottage Lane
Viognier
2006
7 ton/Ha
9%
Uitkyk
Sauv Blanc
1988
2.8 ton/Ha
30%
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VINTAGE REPORT

A warm, dry winter was followed by a mild spring with some good rain showers. This led to good growth and canopy development although budding and flowering were slightly uneven.Weather started to warm up and dry out during December. High humidity kept the disease pressure up and regular sprays continued into the beginning of January. Some very warm conditions were experienced through January with one three day long heat wave delivering temperatures of up to 40 degrees. Fortunately, we were quite well prepared in our irrigation scheduling and vineyards didn’t stress. Harvest started on the 8 February. Temperatures moderated nicely during February and into March with relatively few hot days. This allowed for pleasant harvesting conditions where blocks could be left to ripen without too much concern of the sugars increasing quickly. We eventually picked 105 tons over seven weeks. The grapes all came in with good chemical analysis and in a generally healthy condition with good flavour and phenolic development.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 14%   pH: 3.46   TA: 4.7g/L
RS: 3.4g/L   TSO2: 75mg/L   VA: 0.63g/L

ACCOLADES

  • TERRASSE 12: 90pts Neal Martin (Wine Advocate)
  • TERRASSE 12: Jancis Robinson’s Wine of the Week (20 Sept 2013)
  • TERRASSE 12: British Airways 1st class
  • TERRASSE 11: 93pts Neal Martin (Wine Advocate)
  • TERRASSE 11: 92pts International Wine Review
  • TERRASSE 11: 92pts Peter Moser (Falstaff)
  • TERRASSE 10: 91pts Neal Martin (Wine Advocate) 18/20 Christian Eedes
  • TERRASSE 09: 90pts Peter Moser (Falstaff)
  • TERRASSE 09: 4 stars Platter Wine Guide
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KEERMONT TERRASSE 2011 - sold out

The Keermont Terrasse 2011 is a white blend which derives its name from the terraced vineyards from which the grapes are harvested. All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. The backbone of this blend is Chenin blanc produced from a 40 year old un-irrigated vineyard called Riverside. This is complimented by Chenin blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier from younger vineyards. This year we have included two barrels of Sauvignon blanc from a one hectare parcel of 22 year old dry-land vines, called Uitkyk. This has brought a lovely mineral freshness to the blend. Total production was just 11 barrels yielding 4140 bottles. Small parcels of grapes are selected according to optimal ripeness and harvested by hand in the cool of the early morning. The grapes are vinified gently and naturally following traditional techniques. White wines are fermented in seasoned French oak barrels and then spend a further 12 months maturing on the lees. Bottling is carried out by hand without filtration.

 

TASTING NOTE

Polished light yellow green colour. Shy at first opening into fresh cut grass with ripe citrus and tropical fruit undertones. Palate is soft and smooth on entry, rich peach apricot and pear flavours present. The flavour lingers with a tight mineral freshness. Drink 2012-2020.


BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Riverside
Chenin Blanc
1971
2.0 ton/Ha
23%
Low Road
Chenin Blanc
2007
10 ton/Ha
36%
Low Road
Chardonnay
2007
5.5 ton/Ha
22%
Cottage Lane
Viognier
2006
3.0 ton/Ha
5%
Uitkyk
Sauv Blanc
1988
2.6 ton/Ha
14%
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VINTAGE REPORT

A warm, relatively dry winter and early spring meant good weather for pruning. Bud break was fairly quick and even. Light showers of rain throughout the early spring meant that we didn’t need to irrigate over this period, but regular sprays needed to be applied due to high disease pressure. Shoots grew quickly and canopy management soon became a priority. Cool, but generally good, conditions during an early flowering led to good and even fruit set. The weather started to warm-up and dry-out during December leading to some of the blocks being irrigated from the beginning of the month. The start of the ripening period was marked by a heat wave with temperatures in the mid-thirties (°C) in early January. Grapes changed colour quickly and evenly. The warm, dry conditions led to grapes ripening quickly with little variation between cultivars. Harvest started on the 7 February and it soon became apparent that we would have to pick a lot of the blocks in a short space of time. Eventually the whole crop of 9 varieties and 82 tons was picked by 4 March (under 4 weeks!). No mean feat for our small team. Vineyard blocks consistently outperformed their initial estimates and we ended up with a much bigger crop than expected.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 14.5%   pH: 3.41 TA: 5.5g/L   RS: 3.3g/L
TSO2: 99mg/L   VA: 0.84g/L

ACCOLADES

  • International Wine Review : 92+ pts
  • Neal Martin : eRobertparker/Wine Advocate : 93 pts. 'This is one classy Stellenbosch white to cherish. Drink now-2018.’
  • Peter Moser : Falstaff : 92 pts
  • Platter’s Wine Guide 2013 : 4 stars
  • Stephen Tanzer : 90 pts
  • Wine Spectator : 91 pts
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KEERMONT TERRASSE 2010 - sold out

The Keermont Terrasse 2010 is our maiden release white blend. It derives its name from the terraced vineyards from which the grapes are harvested. The backbone of the blend is Chenin blanc and this is complimented by small portions of Chardonnay and Viognier. Total production was just six barrels yielding 1575 bottles. All grapes used in producing this wine were grown on Keermont Vineyards. Small parcels of grapes were specifically selected, harvested by hand and gently and naturally vinified. The wine was fermented and then spent a further 11 months maturing on the lees in French oak barrels. Bottling was carried out manually without filtration.


TASTING NOTE

An attractive light autumn yellow colour, lime and melons on the nose with light oak and nut aromas. Palate defined by a central core of fresh acidity with layers of fruit and rich lees. Drink now through 2020.


BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
ROOTSTOCK
PLANTED
YIELD
Riverside
Chenin Blanc
Jacquez
1971
2.0 ton/Ha
Low Road
Chenin Blanc
101-14Mgt
2007
1.1 ton/Ha
Low Road
Chardonnay
101-14Mgt
2007
0.5 ton/Ha
Cottage Lane
Viognier
101-14Mgt
2006
0.1 ton/Ha

VINTAGE REPORT

The year of the great wind! A cold, wet winter slowly changed into a cool, wet spring. Budburst was slow, but with the extra water the vine shoots grew vigorously, as did the weeds. At the end of October the valley witnessed one of the most destructive ‘South Easter’ winds ever. Wind speeds of between 100 and 120 km/h were recorded. The vineyards bore the full brunt of the storm with shoots being ripped off and in some cases whole vines were uprooted. This was the defining moment of the vintage as it became clear that half the crop had been destroyed. The second half of the season saw good conditions for ripening the remainder of the crop, though the vineyard team had their work cut out for them trying to retrain the vines that had been damaged. Harvest started on 9 February and the grapes were picked under good, cool conditions.


ANALYSIS

Alc: 14.0%   pH: 3.2   TA: 6.6g/L   RS: 2.2g/L
TSO2: 113mg/L   VA: 0.77g/L

 

ACCOLADES

  • Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): 91pts ‘a nice citrus seam that cuts through the vanilla and almond-tinged fruit with impressive precision on the saline finish. Bon vin! Drink now-2016. ‘;
  • Cristian Eedes: 18/20
  • Platter's South African wine guide 2012 : 4 stars
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KEERMONT TERRASSE 2009 - sold out

Keermont Terrasse 2009, a special release white blend, derives its name from the terraced vineyards from which the grapes are harvested. This was the first white wine produced under the Keermont brand. We made one barrel each of Chenin Blanc and Viognier. The backbone of the blend is Chenin Blanc, produced from a 40 year old un-irrigated vineyard called Riverside. This is complimented by Viognier from a younger vineyard called Cottage Lane. Feeling the proportion of Viognier was slightly too much for our first release, we decided to hold the wine back for a year. This gave it the chance to develop nicely in the bottle. Total production was just 2 barrels yielding 440 bottles. All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Small parcels of grapes are selected according to optimal ripeness and harvested by hand in the cool of the early morning. The grapes are vinified gently and naturally following traditional techniques. White wines are fermented in seasoned French oak barrels and then spend a further 12 months maturing on the lees. Bottling is carried out by hand without filtration.

TASTING NOTE

Vibrant, warm yellow gold colour. Secondary aromas of nuts and hay compliment the more primary citrus, litchi, melon and ginger. Rich full nutty entry followed by the primary flavours of sweet citrus and tropical fruit as detected on the nose. The wine finishes with a salty mineral dryness. Drink 2012-2016.

BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Riverside
Chenin Blanc
1971
3.0 ton/Ha
56%
Cottage Lane
Viognier
2006
3.0 ton/Ha
44%
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VINTAGE REPORT

Climatically 2009 was an excellent vintage. After a good, cold and wet winter; the spring and early summer were cool to moderate. Good spring rains allowed for strong growth in the vineyards although strong winds over the flowering period reduced the crop on some of the varieties.

The moderate temperatures continued into the ripening period. Evenings were cool and daytime averages were warm, with the exception of a couple of heat spikes, through January and February.

Conditions were also very dry giving a healthy ripening climate. 19 February saw the first grapes arrive at the Keermont Winery. Harvest progressed slowly until a heat wave in mid-March accelerated the ripening. We were done and dusted by 24 March .


ANALYSIS


Alc: 14.5%   pH: 3.45
TA: 5.3g/L   RS: 4.8 g/L
TSO2: 40mg/L   VA: 0.8g/L



ACCOLADES

  • Peter Moser : Falstaff : 90 pts
  • Platter’s Wine Guide 2013 : 4 stars
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SYRAH 2013

KEERMONT SYRAH 2013 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. The red wines produced in 2013 were generally lightly structured, so we added some Steepside Mourvedre 2012 to the blend in order to bring some weight to the mid-pallet and a little aromatic complexity.

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 on 4 December 2014. Due to the very small crop we only produced 5147 bottles and 62 magnums.

TASTING NOTE

The Keermont Syrah 2013 has a lighter intensity cherry red colour. On the nose it exudes primary characters of fresh cut herbs, lavender and blueberries as well as more savoury vanilla notes. The wine is soft and elegant on entry with flavours of red apple, spicy fruit and a hint of stemminess. Dusty tannins and a fresh acidity hold the tension of the wine into a long, dry succulent finish. Drink 2016-2024.

BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Steepside
Syrah
2005
1.4 ton/Ha
29%
Topside
Syrah
2006
0.7 ton/Ha
21%
Sweetwater
Syrah
2006
6.7 ton/Ha
37%
Steepside
Mourvedre
2009
2.3 ton/Ha
13%
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VINTAGE REPORT

Generally, 2013 was a very good growing season. It started with a cold and wet winter and rainy spring. We faced the usual challenges at budburst with the mountain wildlife feeding on the young buds as well as strong winds and even a serious hail storm. Things were going well until the end of November when we were hammered by three consecutive days of ferocious Easterly winds. The vines were completely sandblasted losing leaves, bunches and shoots in the process. We estimated about sixty per cent of our crop was lost to the wind. The rest of the season was focussed on nursing the vines back to good health and trying to protect the remaining crop. Dry weather during the midseason punctuated by heat spikes led to harvest starting early. Heavy rain increased the disease pressure and we had to harvest the early varieties quickly to avoid loss to rot. Ripening slowed considerably after the rain and we harvested the 51 tons of grapes that had survived the wind under relatively calm conditions.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 14 %   pH: 3.67   TA: 5.3 g/L
RS: 2.2 g/L   TSO2: 76 mg/L   VA: 0.68 g/L

ACCOLADES

  • SYRAH 13: 93 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
  • 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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SYRAH 2012

KEERMONT SYRAH 2012 is a blend of two Syrah vineyard sites. Steepside Syrah: Grown on a North facing slope in deep red clay rich soils, this vineyard produces powerful full bodied wines with rich spicy flavours; and Topside Syrah: an unirrigated west facing block planted at 400m above sea level on rocky sandstone based soil.

Topside Syrah is usually a more aromatic wine with a lighter more refined structure. The blend was complimented by two barrels of Mourvedre also grown in the Steepside vineyard. This adds to the complexity of the flavours and 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 French oak barrels (5% new) before being bottled by hand without filtration on 25 November 2013. 11 183 bottles and 98 magnum bottles were produced.


TASTING NOTE

This is an intense wine with a bright scarlet colour. Pure grapey aromas are complimented by red spices, herbs and lavender. The palate has a gentle entry with subtle spicy fruit flavours filling the mid palate. The tight structure gives the wine a succulent dry finish with lingering flavours of red fruit, anise, liquorice and a mineral saltiness. Drink 2014-2024.


BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Steepside
Syrah
2005
7 ton/Ha
53%
Topside
Syrah
2006
3.7 ton/Ha
42 %
Steepside
Mourvedre
2009
2.3 ton/Ha
5 %
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VINTAGE REPORT

A warm, relatively dry winter and early spring meant good weather for pruning. Bud break was fairly quick and even. Light showers of rain throughout the early spring meant that we didn’t need to irrigate over this period, but regular sprays needed to be applied due to high disease pressure. Shoots grew quickly and canopy management soon became a priority. Cool, but generally good, conditions during flowering led to good and even fruit set. The weather started to warm-up and dry-out during December. The start of the ripening period was marked by a heat wave with temperatures in the mid-thirties (˚C) in early January. Grapes changed colour quickly and evenly. The warm, dry conditions led to grapes ripening quickly with little variation between cultivars. Harvest started on the 7 February and it soon became apparent that we would have to get a lot of the grapes off in a short space of time. Eventually the whole crop of 9 varieties and 82 tons was picked by 4 March (under 4 weeks!). No mean feat for a relatively small and inexperienced team.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 14.5 %   pH: 3.66   TA: 5.14 g/L
RS: 1.41 g/L   TSO2: 86 mg/L   VA: 0.72 g/L

ACCOLADES

  • 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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SYRAH 2011

The Keermont Syrah 2011 is a blend of our three Syrah vineyard sites. The wine is based on Steepside Syrah: Grown on a North facing slope in deep red clay rich soils, this vineyard produces powerful full-bodied wines with rich spicy flavours. We added three barrels made from Topside Syrah: an unirrigated west facing block planted at 400m above sea level on rocky sandstone based soil. Topside Syrah is usually a more aromatic wine with a lighter more refined structure. The blend was completed by one barrel from Sweetwater Syrah: a small block planted on river boulders on the Blaauwklippen valley floor. This is usually a lighter style wine with elegant, but firm structure and red fruit flavours. 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 22 months maturing in French oak barrels (5% new) before being bottled by hand without filtration. 6800 bottles and 58 magnum bottles were produced.

TASTING NOTE

This is an intense wine with a bright scarlet colour. Pure grapey aromas are complimented by red spices with some herbal and lavender notes. The palate is full and juicy, packed with ripe fruit and spice. The tight structure gives the wine a succulent finish with lingering flavours of anise, liquorice and a mineral saltiness. Drink 2013-2023.

BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Steepside
Syrah
2005
6.2 ton/Ha
82%
Topside
Syrah
2006
1.9 ton/Ha
13 %
Sweetwater
Syrah
2006
8.5 ton/Ha
5 %
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VINTAGE REPORT

A warm, relatively dry winter and early spring meant good weather for pruning. Bud break was fairly quick and even. Light showers of rain throughout the early spring meant that we didn’t need to irrigate over this period, but regular sprays needed to be applied due to high disease pressure. Shoots grew quickly and canopy management soon became a priority. Cool, but generally good, conditions during flowering led to good and even fruit set. The weather started to warm-up and dry-out during December. The start of the ripening period was marked by a heat wave with temperatures in the mid-thirties (˚C) in early January. Grapes changed colour quickly and evenly. The warm, dry conditions led to grapes ripening quickly with little variation between cultivars. Harvest started on the 7 February and it soon became apparent that we would have to get a lot of the grapes off in a short space of time. Eventually the whole crop of 9 varieties and 82 tons was picked by 4 March (under 4 weeks!). No mean feat for a relatively small and inexperienced team.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 15.5 %   pH: 3.73   TA: 5.0 g/L
RS: 2.0 g/L   TSO2: 71 mg/L   VA: 085 g/L

ACCOLADES

  • SYRAH 11: 91pts Neal Martin (Wine Advocate)
  • SYRAH 10: 93pts Neal Martin (Wine Advocate)
  • SYRAH 10: 92pts James Molesworth (Wine Spectator)
  • SYRAH 10: 19/20 René Gabriel; 92pts Peter Moser (Falstaff)
  • SYRAH 10: 17.5pts Julia Harding MW (Jancis Robinson)
  • SYRAH 09:  94pts Neal Martin (Wine Advocate)
  • SYRAH 09:  91pts James Molesworth (Wine Spectator)
  • SYRAH 09:   94pts Peter Moser (Falstaff)
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SYRAH 2010 - sold out

The Keermont Syrah 2010 is a truly vintage reflective wine. As mentioned in the vintage report, the crop was greatly reduced by a destructive gale force wind half way through the season. The reduced crop ripened under warm dry conditions so all of the vine’s energy was focussed on the few remaining bunches. This has resulted in wines that are dense and concentrated. 2010 Saw the first Syrah harvested from two of our exciting new vineyards. Topside is an un-irrigated west facing block high up on the Stellenbosch Mountain side of the farm with deep rocky soils. Sweetwater is a cooler parcel down in the valley with dark brown soil and a high proportion of round river boulders. This wine was blended with our stalwart Steepside Syrah. Eventually 8 barrels were blended yielding 2360 bottles.

 

TASTING NOTE

Deep burgundy red colour with intense aromas of spice and cloves with hints of graphite and geranium. Powerful palate of rich, ripe spicy fruit. Firm, youthful tannins with a good natural acid backbone. Spice and cloves follow through to the finish which is long and succulent. Drink: 2012-2018.


BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Steepside
Syrah
2005
1.6 ton/Ha
75%
Topside
Syrah
2006
0.1 ton/Ha
12.5 %
Sweetwater
Syrah
2006
1.1 ton/Ha
12.5 %
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VINTAGE REPORT

The year of the great wind! A cold, wet winter slowly changed into a cool, wet spring. Budburst was slow, but with the extra water the vine shoots grew vigorously, as did the weeds. At the end of October the valley witnessed one of the most destructive “South Easter” winds ever. Wind speeds of between 100 and 120 km/h were recorded. The vineyards bore the full brunt of the storm with shoots being ripped off and in some cases whole vines uprooted. This was the defining moment of the vintage as it became clear that half the crop had been destroyed. The second half of the season saw good conditions for ripening the remainder of the crop, though the vineyard team had their work cut out for them trying to retrain the vines that had been damaged. Warm, dry conditions prevailed through the mid-summer and the small crop ripened quickly. Harvest started on 9 February and special attention had to be paid to sugars which were rising rapidly. All of the fruit was picked over the course of the month and the last grapes came in on 9 March.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 15.5 %   pH: 3.84   TA: 5.0 g/L
RS: 3.0 g/L   TSO2: 53 mg/L   VA: 0.66 g/L

ACCOLADES

  • James Molesworth : Wine Spectator : 92 pts
  • Neal Martin : eRobertparker /Wine Advocate : 93 pts
    ‘you are rewarded with blackberry, iodine, mint and fresh prune that is exotic and yet very well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, tight-wound tannins.’
  • Peter Moser : Falstaff : 92 pts
  • Platter’s Wine Guide 2013 : 4 stars
  • Stephen Tanzer : 89 pts
  • Wine Spectator: 92 pts
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SYRAH 2009 - sold out

Keermont Syrah 2009 is 100% Syrah from a north facing vineyard on the slopes of the Helderberg. Soils are deep red clay loam derived from quartzitic sandstone. Total production was just four barrels yielding 1528 bottles.

Small parcels of grapes were specifically selected according to ripeness and harvested by hand. The grapes were gently and naturally vinified in open top fermenters. The wine spent 22 months maturing in French oak barrels before being manually bottled without fining or filtration.


TASTING NOTE

Deep, dark brooding red colour. Intense spicy clove and fynbos aromas with hints of dark chocolate. Full, dry, spicy palate with layers of dark fruit. Drink now through 2020.


BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
ROOTSTOCK
PLANTED
YIELD
Steepside
Syrah
101-14Mgt
2005
3.7 ton/Ha

VINTAGE REPORT

An excellent vintage. A cold wet winter was followed by a moderate spring with plenty of rain. The moderate temperatures continued throughout the season with the rain drying up after veraison allowing the grapes to ripen in a healthy condition.

Grapes were harvested from 9 February through until 24 March. The ‘Steepside’ vineyard is planted on deep red clay loam, rich in iron and quartzite minerals. Vines are trellised and run in a North East – South West row direction. The slope is steep north-facing. Altitude 350m.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 14.9 %   pH: 3.7   TA: 6.6 g/L
RS: 1.3 g/L   TSO2: 48 mg/L   VA: 0.7 g/L



ACCOLADES

  • Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): 94pts ‘Understated and very refined, South Africa needs more Rhone blends of this calibre. Drink now-2018.’
  • Platter's South African wine guide 2012 : 4 stars
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MERLOT 2014

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 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. This process is carried out gently and naturally in open top fermenters using traditional methods only. This wine spent 22 months maturing in French oak barrels before being bottled by hand without filtration on 15 January 2016. 3394 bottles were produced.

TASTING NOTE

The Keermont Merlot 2014 is crimson in colour with a strawberry red hue. The nose opens with aromas of sweet cherries, potpourri, and thatch and evolves into savoury clove, tomato paste and forest floor notes. On the palate, the wine has a full, rich entry. The tannin structure is dusty and firm, but not overpowering. A fresh line of natural acidity holds the wine together from the initial flavours of red berries and herbal tomato paste through to a dry spicy finish. Drink 2016-2022.

BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Homestead
Merlot
2007
10.6 ton/Ha
88%
Steepside
Petit Verdot
2005
7.3 ton/Ha
8%
Steepside
Syrah
2005
6.6 ton/Ha
4%
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VINTAGE REPORT

This seasonís winter was generally mild, but became cold and wet towards spring time.

Keermont 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 150 tons for Keermont Vineyards.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 14.5 %   pH: 3.75   TA: 5.0 g/L
RS: 2.6 g/L   TSO2: 99 mg/L   VA: 0.77 g/L

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KEERMONT SWEETWATER ROSÉ 2015

100% Syrah

Sweetwater Rosé is made from grapes from a small parcel of Syrah named Sweetwater. It is planted near to the valley floor on a soil type known as Sweetwater which comprises of a high percentage of river boulders and dark chocolatey brown soil.

Every year we pick a few of the rows early specifically for making Rosé. The juice sits on the skins overnight to extract a little colour and then is pressed straight to old barrels to ferment.

The wine spends about ten months maturing in the old barrels before being bottled by hand without filtration.

In 2015 we made four barrels in total.

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TASTING NOTE

Ferrari red in colour, this Rosé has a complex nose of cherry, black current, peach, and a hint of vanilla. On the palate it is full and rich with flavours of peach, baked pears, cinnamon, and white pepper. The finish is dry and textured hinting to the fact that it matures for 6 months on the lees in seasoned French oak barrels.

A central core of natural acidity holds all of these elements together. Drink 2016-2020.


ANALYSIS

Alc: 13 %   pH: 3.60   TA: 4.9 g/L
RS: 1.5 g/L   TSO2: 75mg/L   VA: 0.45 g/L

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KEERMONT 2011

Our Estate blend of 49% Merlot; 33% Cabernet Sauvignon; 12% Cabernet Franc; and 6% Syrah. The core of the wine is based on the original older blocks of Homestead Cabernet Sauvignon and Steepside Merlot to which we have added barrels from our newer sites. This year we are particularly excited to introduce High Road Cabernet Franc to the blend; a block certain to become a regular feature in the Keermont. 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 to West. 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 French oak barrels (20% new) before being bottled by hand without filtration. Total production was just sixteen 225 Litre barrels yielding 4800 bottles and 50 magnum bottles.

TASTING NOTE

Venetian red in colour, this wine exudes complex aromas of ripe cherry, wild berries, and dusty ‘fynbos’. The palate has an array of ripe berries, cherry sherbet, crushed herbs and spices. Elegant but firm tannin affords the wine a long dry succulent finish. Drink 2015-2025.

BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Steepside
Merlot
1987
1.1 ton/Ha
19%
High Road
Merlot
2005
6.4 ton/Ha
30%
Homestead
Cab Sauv
1997
3.9 ton/Ha
6%
Cottage Lane
Cab Sauv
2006
1.5 ton/Ha
27%
High Road
Cab Franc
2007
1 ton/Ha
12%
Steepside
Syrah
2005
6.2 ton/Ha
6%

VINTAGE REPORT

A warm, relatively dry winter and early spring meant good weather for pruning. Bud break was fairly quick and even. Light showers of rain throughout the early spring meant that we didn’t need to irrigate over this period, but regular sprays needed to be applied due to high disease pressure. Shoots grew quickly and canopy management soon became a priority. Cool, but generally good, conditions during flowering led to good and even fruit set. The weather started to warm-up and dry-out during December leading to some of the blocks being irrigated from the beginning of the month. The start of the ripening period was marked by a heat wave with temperatures in the mid-thirties (˚C) in early January. Grapes changed colour quickly and evenly. The warm, dry conditions led to grapes ripening quickly with little variation between cultivars. Harvest started on the 7 February and it soon became apparent that we would have to get a lot of the grapes off in a short space of time. Eventually the whole crop of 9 varieties and 82 tons was picked by 4 March (under 4 weeks!). No mean feat for a relatively small and inexperienced team.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 15.5 %   pH: 3.59 
TA: 5.5 g/L  RS: 1.9 g/L  
TSO2: 64 mg/L   VA: 0.95 g/L


ACCOLADES

  • KEERMONT 11: 93pts Neal Martin (Wine Advocate)
  • KEERMONT 09: 94pts Peter Moser (Falstaff)
  • KEERMONT 09: 93pts Neal Martin (Wine Advocate)
  • KEERMONT 09: 4.5 stars Platter Wine Guide
  • KEERMONT 08: 90pts Neal Martin (Wine Advocate)
  • KEERMONT 08: 4.5 stars Platter Wine Guide
  • KEERMONT 08: ‘BTW: amazing South African Bordeaux blend-world-class-Keermont red blend 2008-serious stuff’ - ROBERT M PARKER, Jr
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KEERMONT 2009 - sold out

Keermont 2009 is our flagship blend of 60% Merlot; 20% Cabernet Sauvignon; 13% Syrah; 7% Petit Verdot. The core of the wine is based on the original older blocks of Homestead Cabernet Sauvignon and Steepside Merlot which featured in the previous releases. We have now started introducing portions from our exciting new vineyard sites higher up the slopes of the farm. Total production was just five 225 Litre barrels yielding 1495 bottles. Small parcels of grapes were specifically selected according to optimal ripeness and harvested by hand. Each small parcel is then vinified separately. This process is carried out gently and naturally in open top fermenters using traditional methods only. The wine spent 22 months maturing in French oak barrels before being bottled by hand without filtration. Bottles were aged for a further year before release.

TASTING NOTE

Dark deep claret red colour with a powerful array of aromas: savoury spice, rose petals, fynbos, and cloves. Palate silky smooth on entry. Lovely soft fruit with hints of cherry, strawberry and liquorice. Well integrated and elegant structure. Long succulent, spicy and salty finish. Drink 2012-2020.

BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Steepside
Merlot
1987
2 ton/Ha
60%
Homestead
Cab Sauv
1997
5 ton/Ha
20%
Steepside
Syrah
2005
4 ton/Ha
13%
Steepside
Petit Verdot
2005
2 ton/Ha
7%
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VINTAGE REPORT

Climatically 2009 was an excellent vintage. After a good, cold and wet winter, the spring and early summer were cool to moderate. Good rainfall allowed for strong growth in the vineyards although strong winds over the flowering period reduced the crop on some of the varieties. The moderate temperatures continued into the ripening period. Evenings were cool and daytime averages were warm, with the exception of a couple of heat spikes, through January and February. Conditions were also very dry giving a healthy ripening climate. 19 February saw the first grapes arrive at the Keermont Winery. Harvest progressed slowly until a heat wave in mid-March accelerated the ripening. Picking continued until 24 March.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 14.5 %   pH: 3.71  TA: 5.5 g/L
RS: 1.7 g/L   TSO2: 44 mg/L   VA: 0.63 g/L



REVIEWS

  • Neal Martin : eRobertparker /Wine Advocate) : 92 pts
    ‘It is brimming with character and offers wonderful focus and composure towards the sensual finish.’
  • Peter Moser : Falstaff : 94 pts
  • Platter’s Wine Guide 2013 : 4.5 stars
  • Stephen Tanzer: 91+ pts
  • Wine Spectator: 90 pts
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KEERMONT 2008 - sold out

The Keermont 2008 is the second vintage of our flagship red blend. It is made up of two barrels of Merlot, two barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon, and one barrel of Syrah. This gave us a total production of just 1357 bottles. All grapes used in producing this wine were grown at Keermont Vineyards. Small parcels of our oldest and best vineyard blocks were specifically selected. The grapes from these parcels were harvested by hand, then gently and naturally vinified in small open top fermenters. After fermentation the wine spent 22 months in French oak barrels. Bottling was carried out manually without any fining or filtration. The wine matured for a further 15 months in bottle before being released.

 

TASTING NOTE

An elegant, well balanced wine: A deep, dark, crimson red colour; Complex aroma of spicy red fruits, cloves, cassis, herbs and fynbos. Palate full, but elegant with a broad, tight tannin structure and fresh, natural acidity. Succulent red fruit with a long, spicy, dry finish. Drinking best: 2011-2025.

BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
ROOTSTOCK
PLANTED
YIELD
Homestead
Cab Sauv
101-14
1997
5.7 ton/Ha
Steepside
Merlot
R99
1987
2.7 ton/Ha
Homestead
Syrah
101-14
1998
5.4 ton/Ha

VINTAGE REPORT

2008 experienced a wetter season with regular rain through spring and summer. Daytime temperatures during the main ripening months of December, January, and February were warm to hot, but fortunately the cooler evenings in our valley kept everything fresh. These factors led to a tough growing season with a lot of vegetative growth, both in vines and weeds, as well as high disease pressure.

Late flowering and veraison delayed Phenology and harvesting started later than usual. A good yield of grapes was produced with most blocks delivering more than previous years. Grape flavours and tannins definitely benefited from the longer ripening period.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 14.5 %   pH: 3.74   TA: 5.3 g/L  
RS: 1.2 g/L   TSO2: 63 mg/L   VA: 0.57 g/L

REVIEWS

  • Robert M Parker, Jr ‘BTW: amazing South African Bordeaux blend-world-class-Keermont red blend 2008- serious stuff ’
  • Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): 90pts ‘supple entry, ripe sappy tannins and a structured, well-focused finish. Drink now-2016’;
  • Platter's South African wine guide 2012: 4.5 stars
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KEERMONT 2007 - sold out
MAIDEN VINTAGE

The Keermont 2007 is our maiden release red blend. It is made up of two barrels of Merlot, two barrels Cabernet Sauvignon, and one barrel of Syrah. This gave us a total production of just 1300 bottles.

All grapes used in producing this wine were grown on Keermont Vineyards. Small parcels of our oldest and best vineyard blocks were specifically selected.

The grapes from these parcels were harvested by hand and were gently and naturally vinified in small open top fermenters. After fermentation the wine spent 20 months in French oak barrels.

Bottling was carried out by hand without any fining or filtration. The wine matured for a further 15 months in bottle before being released.


BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
ROOTSTOCK
PLANTED
YIELD
Homestead
Cabernet Sauvignon
101-14Mgt
1997
4.3 ton/Ha
Steepside
Merlot
R99
1987
2.2 ton/Ha
Homestead
Syrah
101-14Mgt
1998
4.8 ton/Ha

 

 

VINTAGE REPORT

Characterised by warm spells interspersed with rain showers. The first half of the season had plenty of rain which lead to good vegetative growth and also fairly large berries in certain of the varieties.

Moderate temperatures over Christmas time (veraison) were followed by some very hot spells which were fortunately interspersed with some good showers of rain to keep the vineyards ticking over.

Harvest started fairly early (Merlot on 19 February). For a vintage that was fairly challenging for the vineyard team, it has produced wines with complexity and elegance.

 

ANALYSIS

Alc: 14.25%   VA: 0.53  
pH: 3.58   TA: 5.69
FSO2: 39 mg/L   TSO2: 91 mg/L  

REVIEWS

  • Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): 92pts ‘This is drinking beautifully now but should age well over 4-5 years.’
  • Stephen Tanzer 89pts ‘I'd like to come back to this in a year or three. A winery to watch.’
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KEERMONT FLEURFONTEIN 2014

The KEERMONT FLEURFONTEIN derives its name from a beautiful spring on the farm near to the vineyard from which the grapes are sourced. The wine is produced by pinching the stems of the grapes while they ripen on the vine which stops the translocation of fluids into and out of the grapes and allows them to dry naturally.

The raisons are harvested a few weeks later and the syrupy juice is squeezed from them with a hard pressing process. The syrup is fermented by natural yeast in oak barrels and is left to mature for 18 months.

Total production was just one barrel. All grapes used in producing this wine were grown on Keermont Vineyards and bottling was carried out by hand without filtration.

 

TASTING NOTE

Pure gold in colour, the 2014 Fleurfontein has subtle complex aromas of dried apricot and citrus rind with hints of vanilla. The palate is rich and full, but is defined by a central core of fresh acidity. This balances the sweetness and layers of fresh fruit and lees allowing the wine to finish neatly with a lingering zing. Drink now through 2030.

BLOCKS

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

The winter of 2013 was generally mild, but became cold and wet towards spring time. Keermont experienced record rain and snowfall 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 record crop of 150 tons which came off in 28 days of which 90 tons was taken in to the winery and 60 tons sold to other producers.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 13 %   pH: 3.91   TA: 5.8 g/L
RS: 216 g/L   TSO2: 219 mg/L   VA: 1.52 g/L

ACCOLADES

  • 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 FLEURFONTEIN 2013

The KEERMONT FLEURFONTEIN derives its name from a beautiful spring on the farm near to the vineyard from which the grapes are sourced.

The wine is produced by pinching the stems of the grapes while they ripen on the vine which stops the translocation of fluids into and out of the grapes and allows them to dry naturally. The raisons are harvested a few weeks later and the syrupy juice is squeezed from them with a hard pressing process. The syrup is fermented by natural yeast in oak barrels and is left to mature for 18 months.

Total production was just one barrel. All grapes used in producing this wine were grown on Keermont Vineyards and bottling was carried out by hand without filtration.

TASTING NOTE

Pure gold in colour, the 2013 Fleurfontein has subtle complex aromas of dried apricot and citrus rind with hints of vanilla. The palate is rich and full, but is defined by a central core of fresh acidity. This balances the sweetness and layers of fresh fruit and lees allowing the wine to finish neatly with a lingering zing. Drink now through 2030.

BLOCKS

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

2013 Can be considered as our most challenging season yet at Keermont Vineyards. Generally, it was a very good growing season. It started with a cold and wet winter and wet spring. We faced the usual challenges at budburst with the mountain wildlife feeding on the young buds as well as strong winds and even a serious hail storm. Things were going well until the end of November when we were hammered by three consecutive days of ferocious Easterly winds. The vines were completely sandblasted losing leaves, bunches and shoots in the process. We estimated about sixty per cent of our crop was lost to the wind. The rest of the season was focussed on nursing the vines back to good health and trying to protect the remaining crop. Dry weather during the midseason punctuated by heatspikes led to harvest starting early. Heavy rain increased the disease pressure and we had to harvest the white grapes quickly to avoid loss to rot. Ripening slowed considerably after the rain and we could harvest the 51 tons of grapes which had survived the wind under relatively calm conditions. We eventually processed 32 tons of grapes in the winery.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 12 %   pH: 395   TA: 5.9 g/L
RS: 220 g/L   TSO2: 232 mg/L   VA: 1.57 g/L

ACCOLADES

  • FLEURFONTEIN 13: British Airways FIRST CLASS
  • FLEURFONTEIN 13: JANCIS ROBINSON – 16.5 pts
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KEERMONT FLEURFONTEIN 2012

The KEERMONT FLEURFONTEIN derives its name from a beautiful spring on the farm near to the vineyard from which the grapes are sourced. The wine is produced by pinching the stems of the grapes while they ripen on the vine which stops the translocation of fluids into and out of the grapes and allows them to dry naturally.

The raisons are harvested a few weeks later and the syrupy juice is squeezed from them with a hard pressing process. The syrup is fermented by natural yeast in oak barrels and is left to mature for 18 months.

Total production was just two barrels. All grapes used in producing this wine were grown on Keermont Vineyards and bottling was carried out by hand without filtration.

TASTING NOTE

Rustic golden in colour, this wine shows powerful dried apricot and citrus rind character on the nose with caramel and nut aromas.

The palate is rich and full, but is defined by a central core of fresh acidity. This balances the sweetness and layers of fruit and lees allowing the wine to finish neatly with a lingering zing. Drink now through 2030.

BLOCKS

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

A warm, dry winter was followed by a mild spring with some good rain showers. This led to good growth and canopy development although budding and flowering were slightly uneven. Weather started to warm up and dry out during December. High humidity kept the disease pressure up and regular sprays continued into the beginning of January. Some very warm conditions were experienced through January with one three day long heat wave delivering temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius. Fortunately, we were quite well prepared in our irrigation scheduling and vineyards didn't stress. Harvest started on the 8 February. Temperatures moderated nicely during February and into March with relatively few hot days. This allowed for pleasant harvesting conditions where blocks could be left to ripen without too much concern of the sugars increasing quickly. We eventually picked 105 tons over seven weeks. The grapes all came in with good chemical analysis and in a generally healthy condition with good flavour and phenolic development.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 11.5 %   pH: 3.63   TA: 7.0 g/L
RS: 206 g/L   TSO2: 289 mg/L   VA: 1.57 g/L

ACCOLADES

  • FLEURFONTEIN 12: British Airways FIRST CLASS
  • FLEURFONTEIN 12: NEAL MARTIN (Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)  - 91 Pts
  • FLEURFONTEIN 12: TIM ATKIN (MW) – 94pts
  • FLEURFONTEIN 12: PLATTER GUIDE – 4 ½ stars
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KEERMONT FLEURFONTEIN 2010 - sold out

The Keermont Fleurfontein 2010 is our maiden release Dessert Wine. It derives its name from a beautiful spring on the farm near to where the grapes are sourced. The wine is produced by pinching the stems of the grapes while they hang on the vine. This stops the translocation of fluids into and out of the grapes and allows them to slowly dry out on the vine naturally.

The raisins are harvested a few weeks later and the syrupy juice is squeezed from them with an intensive pressing process. The syrup ferments in barrel and is left to mature for 12 months. Total production was just one barrel yielding 580 bottles. All grapes used in producing this wine were grown on Keermont Vineyards. Bottling was carried out by hand without filtration.

 

TASTING NOTE

An attractive autumn golden colour. Powerful apple, lime and melons on the nose with light oak and nut aromas. Palate defined by a central core of fresh acidity which balances the sweetness and layers of fruit and rich lease. Drink now through 2025.



BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
ROOTSTOCK
PLANTED
YIELD
Low Road
Sauvignon Blanc
101-14Mgt
2005
300 kg
Low Road
Chenin Blanc
101-14Mgt
2007
200 kg

VINTAGE REPORT

The year of the great wind! A cold, wet winter slowly changed into a cool, wet spring. Budburst was slow, but with the extra water the vine shoots grew vigorously, as did the weeds. At the end of October the valley witnessed one of the most destructive ‘South Easter’ winds ever. Wind speeds of between 100 and 120 km/h were recorded. The vineyards bore the full brunt of the storm with shoots being ripped off and in some cases whole vines were uprooted.

This was the defining moment of the vintage as it became clear that half the crop had been destroyed. The second half of the season saw good conditions for ripening the remainder of the crop, though the vineyard team had their work cut out for them trying to retrain the vines that had been damaged. Harvesting started on 9 February and the grapes were picked under good, cool conditions.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 14.7%   pH: 3.48   TA: 7.9g/L
RS: 126g/L   TSO2: 198mg/L   VA: 1.13g/L




REVIEWS

  • Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): 92pts 2010 ‘Fleurfontein has superb definition on the nose with Sauternes-like honeyed fruits with great purity and definition. Drink now-2016+’.
  • Platter's South African wine guide 2012: 4 stars
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2012 KEERMONT COMPANION

The Keermont Companion is the companion of our flagship red blend. It is an assemblage of the barrels that are left over after we have made up the final blends. The wine is made in exactly the same way as our flagship red blend with the same attention to detail.

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. This process is carried out gently and naturally in open top fermenters using traditional methods only. This wine spent 22 months maturing in French oak barrels before being bottled by hand without filtration on 21 January 2014. 5330 bottles of Companion 2012 were produced. The wine spent a further year maturing in our cellar before being released.

BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Homestead
Merlot
2007
6.5 ton/Ha
89%
Steepside
Petit Verdot
2005
7.0 ton/Ha
6%
High Road
Cab Franc
2007
2.7 ton/Ha
3%
Steepside
Mourvedre
2005
7.0 ton/Ha
2%
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VINTAGE REPORT

A warm, dry winter was followed by a mild spring with some good rain showers. This led to good growth and canopy development although budding and flowering were slightly uneven. Weather started to warm up and dry out during December. High humidity kept the disease pressure up and regular sprays continued into the beginning of January.

Some very warm conditions were experienced through January with one three day long heat wave delivering temperatures of up to 40 degrees. Fortunately, we were quite well prepared in our irrigation scheduling and vineyards didn't stress.

Harvest started on the 8 February. Temperatures moderated nicely during February and into March with relatively few hot days. This allowed for pleasant harvesting conditions where blocks could be left to ripen without too much concern of the sugars increasing quickly. We eventually picked 105 tons over seven weeks. The grapes all came in with good chemical analysis and in a generally healthy condition with good flavour and phenolic development.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 14.5 %   pH: 3.73   TA: 5.0 g/L
RS: 2.5 g/L   TSO2: 72 mg/L   VA: 0.66 g/L

TASTING NOTE

Deep burgundy red colour; intense aromas of dark fruit, spice and cloves. Powerful palate of rich, ripe spicy fruit; Firm youthful tannins with a good natural acid backbone. Ripe fruit, herbs and spice follow through to the finish which is long, dry and succulent. Drink: 2015-2025.

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2010 KEERMONT COMPANION - sold out

The Keermont Companion is the companion of our flagship red blend. It is an assemblage of the barrels that are left over after we have made up the final blends. The wine is made in exactly the same way as our flagship red blend with the same attention to detail.

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. This process is carried out gently and naturally in open top fermenters using traditional methods only. This wine spent 22 months maturing in French oak barrels before being bottled by hand without filtration on 26 January 2012. 1000 bottles and 50 Magnums of the 2010 Companion were produced. The wine spent a further two years maturing in our cellar before being released.

BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Steepside
Merlot
1987
1 ton/Ha
50%
Homestead
Cab Sauv
1997
2.7 ton/Ha
12.5%
Cottage Lane
Cab Sauv
2006
2.2 ton/Ha
12.5%
Homestead
Syrah
1997
1.1 ton/Ha
25%
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VINTAGE REPORT

The year of the great wind! A cold, wet winter slowly changed into a cool, wet spring. Budburst was slow, but with the extra water the vine shoots grew vigorously, as did the weeds. At the end of October the valley witnessed one of the most destructive 'South Easter' winds ever. Wind speeds of between 100 and 120 km/h were recorded. The vineyards bore the full brunt of the storm with shoots being ripped off and in some cases whole vines uprooted. This was the defining moment of the vintage as it became clear that half the crop had been destroyed. The second half of the season saw good conditions for ripening the remainder of the crop, though the vineyard team had their work cut out for them trying to retrain the vines that had been damaged.

Warm, dry conditions prevailed through the mid-summer and the small crop ripened quickly. Harvest started on 9 February and special attention had to be paid to sugars which were rising rapidly. All the fruit was picked over the course of the month and the last grapes came in on 9 March.

ANALYSIS

Alc: 15 %   pH: 3.67   TA: 5.6 g/L
RS: 2.8 g/L   TSO2: 45 mg/L   VA: 0.82 g/L

TASTING NOTE

Deep burgundy red colour; intense aromas of dark fruit, spice and cloves. Powerful palate of rich, ripe spicy fruit; Firm youthful tannins with a good natural acid backbone. Ripe fruit, herbs and spice follow through to the finish which is long and succulent. Drink: 2015-2025.

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KEERMONT COMPANION Merlot 2013

KEERMONT Companion Merlot 2013 is a three barrel production of pure merlot from our Homestead Vineyard. This block grows on rich red clay loam soils at an elevation of 300m and has a gradual North facing aspect.

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 Litre French oak barrels before being bottled by hand without filtration.

Due to the very small crop in 2013 we only produced 890 bottles.


ANALYSIS

Alc: 14.5 %   pH: 3.66   TA: 5.3 g/L
RS: 2.3 g/L   TSO2: 81 mg/L   VA: 0.70 g/L

 

BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Homestead
Merlot
2007
3.8 ton/Ha
100%
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VINTAGE REPORT

Generally, 2013 was a very good growing season. It started with a cold and wet winter and rainy spring. We faced the usual challenges at budburst with the mountain wildlife feeding on the young buds as well as strong winds and even a serious hail storm. Things were going well until the end of November when we were hammered by three consecutive days of ferocious Easterly winds. The vines were completely sandblasted losing leaves, bunches and shoots in the process. We estimated about sixty per cent of our crop was lost to the wind. The rest of the season was focussed on nursing the vines back to good health and trying to protect the remaining crop. Dry weather during the midseason punctuated by heat spikes led to harvest starting early. Heavy rain increased the disease pressure and we had to harvest the early varieties quickly to avoid loss to rot. Ripening slowed considerably after the rain and we harvested the 51 tons of grapes that had survived the wind under relatively calm conditions.


TASTING NOTE

Slightly lighter Venetian red in colour, this wine exudes complex aromas of ripe cherry, wild berries, and dusty ‘fynbos’. The palate has an array of ripe berries, cherry sherbet, crushed herbs and spices. Lighter on the palate, the elegant but firm tannin affords the wine a long dry and spicy succulent finish. Drink 2015-2020.

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