• Keermont Vineyards is a specialist wine estate set in a naturally-formed amphitheatre between the Helderberg and Stellenbosch Mountain ranges. Selecting the best fruit from several vineyard sites on the farm, we create a blend each year which is distinctive, unique, and portrays the character of our superb terroir. This blend is Keermont Amphitheatre. All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. The vineyards grow on deep red clay rich soil derived from sandstone and granite and are surrounded by indigenous mountain ‘fynbos’ vegetation. Aspects vary from North East through North to West facing between 250 and 400 meters above sea level. This variety of slopes gives us complexity in our vineyards resulting in complexity in our wines. 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 19 months maturing in seasoned French oak barriques (first, second, third fill) before being bottled by hand without filtration on 21 November 2016. 5675 bottles and 100 magnums were produced. The Keermont Amphitheatre 2015 lay in bottle in our cellar for 5 years before release to ensure integration and maturity.

    TASTING NOTE

    Bright crimson red in the glass, although more opaque than dark. This wine opens with dusty, ripe strawberry aromas complimented by hints of baked pudding, vanilla, and sweet citrus blossom. The palate is tight and effortless. There is a firm chalky tannin structure and an array of flavours from ripe plum and berries to more savoury herbs and oak tannin. The finish is long and succulent with lingering cherry flavours and grippy tannins. Drink 2021-2035.

    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.

    BLOCKS

    BLOCK
    VARIETY
    PLANTED
    YIELD
    %
    Steepside
    Merlot
    1987
    1.3 ton/Ha
    10%
    High Road
    Merlot
    2005
    3.8 ton/Ha
    12%
    Cottage Lane
    Cab Sauv
    2006
    2.4 ton/Ha
    32%
    High Road
    Cab Franc
    2007
    2.7 ton/Ha
    23%
    Steepside
    Petit Verdot
    2005
    4.8 ton/Ha
    17%
    Homestead
    Malbec
    2007
    4.2 ton/Ha
    5%
    Steepside
    Syrah
    2005
    5.9 ton/Ha
    1%

    ANALYSIS

    Alc: 14.5 % pH: 3.55 TA: 5.6 g/L RS: 2.0 g/L TSO2: 65 mg/L VA: 0.77 g/L
  • 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. 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 27 months maturing in seasoned French oak barriques (approximately 5% new) before being bottled by hand without filtration on 11 June 19. 8024 bottles and 100 magnums were produced. The Keermont Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 was bottle aged in our cellar for 9 months before release to ensure integration and improved drinkability on release.   TASTING NOTE Dark ruby red in colour, this is quite a serious vintage with a complex bouquet of ripe red berry fruit, cedar wood, and typical ‘fynbos’ flowers. The palate is full bodied, but gentle. Tannin structure is full and dense and coats the palate while the natural acidity keeps the ripe fruit in check. Savoury notes of tomato paste and cloves add character to the bright red strawberry and cassis flavours which linger into a long, tight finish. Drink 2020 – 2035.   VINTAGE REPORT 2017 was an excellent 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 in late January. This rejuvenated the vines and allowed for extended ripening which definitely raised the general quality. We recorded one of our largest and healthiest crops yet and grapes came in with great analysis and concentration.

    BLOCKS

    BLOCK
    VARIETY
    PLANTED
    YIELD
    %
    Cottage Lane
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    2006
     3.7 ton/Ha
    86%
    Homestead 2
    Malbec
    2007
    4.4 ton/Ha
    3%
    Pondok Rug 3
    Cabernet Franc
    2007
    6.2 ton/Ha
    11%
    ANALYSIS Alc: 15.0 % pH: 3.54 TA: 5.7g/L RS: 1.8 g/L TSO2: 76 mg/L VA: 0.83 g/L   ACCOLADES CAB 17: 90 pts NEAL MARTIN (Vinous) CAB 17: 91 pts WINE MAGAZINE CAB 17: 93 pts TIM ATKIN (MW) 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 WINE ENTHUSIAST 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)
  • (375ml) The Keermont Fleurfontein (‘flower fountain’) derives its name from a beautiful spring on the farm. The block of Sauvignon blanc, from which grapes are sourced for this wine, lies just below this spring. This is the second Non-Vintage Fleurfontein released in our history. It’s a blend of three different vintages, namely 2019, 2020, and 2021. We blended these together to create complexity and achieve a better balance in the wine. For the first time ever, we have introduced Roussanne into the Fleurfontein. We are excited about the freshness and array of flavours that this component brings. All our wines are grown, produced and bottled on Keermont Vineyards. Processing, maturation, and bottling were carried out by hand in our cellar. Our team uses pliers to pinch the stem of each grape bunch while they ripen on the vine. This pinching action stops the translocation of fluids into and out of the grapes and allows them to dry naturally on the vine. The raisins are harvested a few weeks later and the juice is squeezed from them with a hard pressing process. The syrup is fermented by indigenous yeast in Hungarian and French oak barrels and aged a further 18 months in barrel. Total production was four barrels yielding 2400 bottles (375ml).  

    TASTING NOTE

    Yellow gold in colour with a copper tinge, the Fleurfontein Non-Vintage exudes aromas of dried apricot, lime marmalade, and ripe orange rind with hints of hazelnut and vanilla. The palate is full and creamy with concentrated flavours of dried fruits and marzipan with a grassy freshness. A central core of acidity gives the wine a long, complex, and succulent finish with a slightly salty touch. Drink now through to 2031.  

    VINTAGE REPORT

    2019 could be regarded as a more challenging harvest at Keermont. 4 years of below average rainfall leading to a very wet Spring led to pressure from mildew. The yields were very small, but the wines have turned out beautifully. The last red grapes were picked on 18 March after which the weather made a definite change to a more autumnal feel. We had to wait until 3 April for the last of the Fleurfontein grapes to dry out properly on the vines. 2020 Winter temperatures were moderate. Mid-summer temperatures were average but we did experience a heat wave in January. This was followed by 48 hours of a gale force South Easter which hammered the vineyards and the ripening grapes. The stress resulted in the grapes ripening quickly and by 10 March we had picked all of the grapes for our wines. Although the vineyards were a bit shredded, we still picked a decent crop of 100 tons. 2021 will be remembered as an excellent vintage at Keermont. Weather conditions were very favourable beginning with a good wet winter and spring. Grapes came in looking and tasting great with very good acidity and sugar levels. The Keermont winery crushed a total of 80 tons (all sourced from our own vineyards) and we look forward to watching these young wines develop in barrel!

    BLOCKS

    Vineyard Variety Rootstock Planted Harvested Percentage in blend
    Low Road Sauvignon blanc 101-14Mgt 2005 2019 3%
    Low Road Sauvignon blanc 101-14Mgt 2005 2020 75%
    Riverside Roussanne R 110 2014 2021 22%

    ANALYSIS

    Alc: 12.5 % pH: 3.61 TA: 6.83 g/L RS: 186 g/L TSO2: 151 mg/L VA: 1.53 g/L

    ACCOLADES

    FLEURFONTEIN 19: 97 pts NEAL MARTIN (Vinous) FLEURFONTEIN 19: 93 pts WINE MAGAZINE 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 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
  • 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 27 months maturing in seasoned French oak barrels before being bottled by hand without fining or filtration on 11 June 2020. A total of 10847 bottles and 50 magnums were produced.

    TASTING NOTE

    The Keermont Merlot 2018 has a deep royal red colour. Beautiful dusty, ripe strawberry fruit nose with notes of dried herbs, cigar box and cinnamon. The palate is soft, but clean and elegant. The wine exudes flavours of ripe red fruit with undertones of orange rind and dried herbs. Soft chalky tannins and good natural acidity help to maintain a fresh elegance and a long, succulent dry finish. Best drinking: 2022-2032.

    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) in the Keermont winery over the period of seven weeks.

    BLOCKS

    BLOCK
    VARIETY
    PLANTED
    YIELD
    %
    Homestead
    Merlot
    2007
    7.3 ton/Ha
    68%
    Pondokrug
    Merlot
    2009
    11.1 ton/Ha
    22%
    Pondokrug
    Cabernet Franc
    2007
    3.1 ton/Ha
    6%
    Homestead
    Malbec
    2007
    5.5 ton/Ha
    4%

    ANALYSIS

    Alc: 15.0 % pH: 3.65 TA: 5.2 g/L RS: 2.0 g/L TSO2: 78 mg/L VA: 0.75 g/L

    ACCOLADES

    MERLOT 17: 87 pts NEAL MARTIN (Vinous) MERLOT 17: 89 PTS WINE MAGAZINE 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)
  • Keermont Syrah 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. 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 9 November 2017. We produced 12 605 bottles and 158 magnums.  

    TASTING NOTE

    The Keermont Syrah 2016 has a dark plummy red colour. It has an enchanting bouquet of lavender, cherries, cloves, and vanilla. The palate is elegant and soft with dark strawberry and cherry flavours and hints of citrus rind, herbs, and vanilla. The tannins are light, but firm and the wine has a long rich savoury finish. Drink 2021-2028.  

    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. This is when the berries change colour and begin to ripen and enter 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. Fortunately, we stayed on top of the picking and were able to get all of the grapes in with good analysis. Harvest ended as quickly as it had begun and by 19 February we had picked all of the grapes for Keermont wines.  

    BLOCKS

    BLOCK
    VARIETY
    PLANTED
    YIELD
    %
    Steepside
    Syrah
    2005
    4.6 ton/Ha
    30%
    Steepside
    Syrah
    2009
    3.0 ton/Ha
    9.5%
    Topside
    Syrah
    2006
    3.4 ton/Ha
    24%
    Sweetwater
    Syrah
    2006
    12.1 ton/Ha
    23%
    Steepside
    Mourvèdre
    2009
    2.2 ton/Ha
    13.5%

    ANALYSIS

    Alc: 14.5 % pH: 3.61 TA: 5.1 g/L RS: 2.6 g/L TSO2: 62 mg/L VA: 0.69 g/L

    ACCOLADES

    SYRAH 15: 91 pts WINE MAGAZINE SYRAH 15: 93 pts TIM ATKIN (MW) 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)
  • Terrasse is our barrel fermented white blend which derives its name from the terraced vineyards leading up the mountains on the estate. We have six different white wine varieties planted on these terraces and every year we make up a unique blend. The base is Chenin blanc from three distinctive vineyards - our old vine Riverside block planted in 1971, the dryland bush vine Bobbejaan Wingerd (Baboon Vineyard), and the trellised Low Road vineyard. The other varieties add complexity and create a more complete wine. Chardonnay gives a little more weight on the palate, Sauvignon blanc brings fresh acidity, and the drop of Viognier gives this vintage a slight spicy, aromatic lift. All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. The farm is situated at the upper reaches of the Blaauwklippen Valley above Stellenbosch. Most of the vineyards grow in deep red clay rich soil derived from sandstone and granite and are surrounded by indigenous mountain vegetation. 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. 9055 bottles and 50 magnums were produced.

    TASTING NOTE

    Terrasse 2019 has a polished, light-yellow gold colour, with an explosive bouquet of lime, apple, pineapple, and peach with notes of vanilla, and butterscotch. The palate is rich, but fresh. A seemingly weightless entry comes quickly to life with ripe apricot, peach, and pear flavours complimented by cut grass, vanilla oak, and rich lees. This is followed by a lingering sweet-sour aftertaste.

    VINTAGE REPORT

    The 2019 vintage was quite a challenging one at Keermont. The yields were very small, but the wines have turned out beautifully. Coming off the back of four very dry years in the Cape; Winter rainfall was just slightly below average. Winter temperatures were moderate and perhaps not cold enough for the vines to break dormancy properly as we experienced quite uneven budding in Spring. Spring started off cool and wet so the disease pressure was quite high. From that point onwards, the vintage conditions were good with some Summer rains and warm temperatures without any major heat spikes. Harvest started on 30 January, but was interrupted by 40mm of rain the following week. Grapes were harvested in a very healthy condition although sugar levels were generally low and acidity was difficult to gauge.

    BLOCKS

    BLOCK
    VARIETY
    PLANTED
    YIELD
    %
    Riverside
    Chenin Blanc
    1971
    2.0 ton/Ha
    14%
    Low Road
    Chenin Blanc
    2007
    9.7 ton/Ha
    22%
    Bobbejaan
    Chenin Blanc
    2009
    7.1 ton/Ha
    19%
    Uitkyk
    Sauv Blanc
    1988
    5.0 ton/Ha
    14%
    Low Road
    Chardonnay
    2007
    5.0 ton/Ha
    14%
    Die Terrasse
    Chardonnay
    2009
    1.0 ton/Ha
    4%
    Cottage Lane
    Viognier
    2006
    10.6 ton/Ha
    10%
    Riverside
    Roussanne
    2014
    4.3 ton/Ha
    1%

    ANALYSIS

    55% Chenin Blanc, 18% Chardonnay, 16% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Viognier, 1% Roussanne Alc: 13.50% pH: 3.29 TA: 5.9g/L RS: 2.0g/L TSO2: 64mg/L VA: 0.60g/L

    ACCOLADES

    TERRASSE 18: 91 pts NEAL MARTIN (VINOUS) TERRASSE 18: 93 pts CHRISTIAN EEDES (Wine Magazine) TERRASSE 17: 94 pts TIM ATKIN (MW) TERRASSE 17: 4 ½ stars PLATTER GUIDE 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