• Magnum: 1.5L 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: 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 (Vinous) CAB 14: 93 pts TIM ATKIN (MW) CAB 14: 91 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
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    Magnum: 1.5L The Keermont Estate Reserve is our flagship red blend. With this blend we aim to bring to life the nuances of both the terroir at Keermont Vineyards and the particular vintage. All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Most of the vineyard parcels grow on deep red clay rich soil derived from sandstone and granite and are surrounded by indigenous 'fynbos' vegetation. Our vineyards are planted on steep mid-slopes in the valley between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountain ranges. Aspects vary from North East through North to West facing between 250 and 400 meters above sea level. Small batches of grapes are specifically selected according to ripeness, harvested by hand and vinified separately. This process is carried out gently and naturally in open top fermenters using traditional methods only. This wine spent 24 months maturing in seasoned French oak barriques before being bottled by hand without filtration on 1 February 2016. 14229 bottles and 100 magnums were produced. The Keermont Estate Reserve 2014 was bottle aged in our cellar for 36 months before release to ensure integration and improved drinkability on release.

    TASTING NOTE

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

    VINTAGE REPORT

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

    BLOCKS

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

    ANALYSIS

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

    ACCOLADES

    KEERMONT 14: 93 pts NEAL MARTIN (Vinous) KEERMONT 14: 92pts WINE MAGAZINE KEERMONT 14: 4 ½ stars PLATTER'S GUIDE KEERMONT 14: 93pts TIM ATKIN (MW) KEERMONT 13: 94pts TIM ATKIN (MW) KEERMONT 13: 92 pts NEAL MARTIN KEERMONT 13: 4.5 stars PLATTER GUIDE KEERMONT 12: 17 pts JANCIS ROBINSON KEERMONT 12: 89 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate) KEERMONT 12: 91 pts TIM ATKIN (MW) KEERMONT 12: MATTHEW JUKES WoW in Money week: “work of extreme alchemy” – 21 November 2014 KEERMONT 12:  4 stars PLATTER GUIDE KEERMONT 11: 93pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate) KEERMONT 09: 94pts PETER MOSER (Falstaff) KEERMONT 09: 93pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • Magnum: 1.5L 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)
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    Magnum: 1.5L 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. 9419 bottles and 50 magnums of the Terrasse 2018 were produced.

    TASTING NOTE

    A polished light-yellow gold colour, this wine has a complex bouquet of prominent citrus and stone fruit with notes of vanilla, freshly green cut apple, Frangipane flowers, and a hint of cut grass and earthiness. The wine has a soft juicy palate. Subtle fruit flavours of peach, litchi and apricot are complimented by hints of sweet spice, vanilla, and a notable richness from the lees contact. There is good weight on the mid-palate and a light texture. A limey acidity holds the wine together into a lingering, succulent finish. Drink 2021-2030.

    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
    %
    Riverside
    Chenin Blanc
    1971
    3.1 ton/Ha
    23%
    Low Road
    Chenin Blanc
    2007
    11.9 ton/Ha
    15%
    Bobbejaan
    Chenin Blanc
    2009
    9.3 ton/Ha
    23%
    Uitkyk
    Sauv Blanc
    1988
    5.3 ton/Ha
    13%
    Low Road
    Chardonnay
    2007
    9.6 ton/Ha
    15%
    Die Terrasse
    Chardonnay
    2009
    1 ton/Ha
    8%
    Cottage Lane
    Viognier
    2006
    7.4 ton/Ha
    3%

    ANALYSIS

    61% Chenin Blanc, 13% Sauvignon Blanc, 23% Chardonnay, 3% Viognier Alc: 13.50% pH: 3.28 TA: 5.7g/L RS: 2.5g/L TSO2: 77mg/L VA: 0.49g/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
  • Magnum: 1.5L Pondokrug - a ridge (rug) deriving its name from a shepherds hut (Pondok). High up on the West facing slopes of the Stellenbosch Mountain, this is a 1.8Ha parcel of Cabernet Franc planted in 2006. At an elevation of 380m above sea level and surrounded by mountain 'fynbos', this block is exposed to many natural elements resulting in very low yields. The soil on Pondokrug is red granitic loam with a high clay content which sustains the vines during the summer months. These factors allow us to produce an intense wine with unique flavours and a solid tannin structure. All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Small parcels of grapes are specifically selected according to ripeness, harvested by hand and vinified separately. Fermentation is carried out by yeast which occurs naturally on the grape skins and in the winery. Red wines spend three to four weeks fermenting and macerating on the skins in small open top tanks with one or two gentle ‘punch-downs’ performed per day. This wine spent 20 months maturing in seasoned 225 litre French oak barrels before being bottled by hand without filtration. 2865 bottles and 47 Magnums were produced.

    TASTING NOTE

    The Pondokrug Cabernet Franc 2016 is bright blood red in colour. The nose is a deep, complex and intriguing mix of bright red cherry fruit, cloves, and some typical pyrazine character. The palate is firm and structured with subtle cherry and black current flavours with hints of herbal mountain vegetation (fynbos). The dusty, chalky tannins hold the fruit flavours into a long, succulent and dry finish. Drink 2020-2035.

    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. The weather continued to warm up towards Christmas and we experienced average maximum temperatures of 30°C and 35°C for December and January respectively! Fortunately, we had some rain during December which pepped the vines up leading into the critical ‘veraison’ period over Christmas and into January.   With all of the hot, dry weather the grapes ripened quickly and we started picking earlier than ever before (19 January). We had a crazy month of harvesting where we processed 78 tons of grapes from the farm including 11 different varieties. Harvest ended as quickly as it had begun and by 19 February we had picked all of the grapes for Keermont wines. Pondokrug yield 2016: 4.0 ton/Ha  

    ANALYSIS

    Alc: 14.5 % pH: 3.50 TA: 5.6 g/L RS: 2.1 g/L TSO2: 41 mg/L VA: 0.76 g/L

    ACCOLADES

    PONDOKRUG CAB FRANC 16: 94 pts TIM ATKIN (MW) PONDOKRUG CAB FRANC 16: 91 pts NEAL MARTIN (VINOUS) PONDOKRUG CAB FRANC 16: 94 pts WINE MAGAZINE PONDOKRUG CAB FRANC 16: 4 ½ stars PLATTER GUIDE PONDOKRUG CAB FRANC 15: 96 pts TIM ATKIN (MW) PONDOKRUG CAB FRANC 15: 4 ½ star PLATTER GUIDE PONDOKRUG CAB FRANC 15: 90 pts NEAL MARTIN PONDOKRUG CAB FRANC 14: 92 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate) PONDOKRUG CAB FRANC 14: 94 pts TIM ATKIN (MW) PONDOKRUG CAB FRANC 14: 4 stars PLATTER GUIDE
  • Magnum: 1.5L Planted in 1971, Riverside Chenin Blanc is the oldest vineyard on the farm. Soils on the banks of the upper Blaauwklippen River, in which the vines are planted, vary from sandy alluvial plains with river stone to red clay loam as one moves away from the river. This patchy old vineyard, at an elevation of 250m, delivers very low yields of incredible quality fruit year in and year out. Like the old vines from which it is made, this wine has great complexity and character with quiet intensity. All grapes used in producing this wine are sourced from the Riverside vineyard on Keermont. Small parcels of grapes are selected according to optimal ripeness and harvested by hand. Fermentation is carried out by yeast which occurs naturally on the grape skins and in the winery. This wine was fermented and then spent a further 12 months maturing on the lees in seasoned French oak barrels (225L and 500L). Bottling was done by hand without filtration. Only 2855 bottles and 52 magnums of this wine were produced.

    TASTING NOTE

    A polished light yellow gold colour, this wine has a bouquet of citrus blossom with hazelnut, with hints of cut grass, spring flowers, raw honey, and vanilla. The entry on the palate is soft and light at first, but then opens up with pure fruit flavours of ripe peach and apple and a touch of marzipan and vanilla. Lovely zippy acidity allows for a long clean textured finish with a lingering aftertaste of rich fruit and butterscotch. Drink 2020-2030.

    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. Riverside Chenin blanc yield 2018: 3.2tons/Ha

    ANALYSIS

    Alc: 13.5 % pH: 3.39 TA: 5.1 g/L RS: 2.0 g/L TSO2: 68 mg/L VA: 0.62 g/L

    ACCOLADES

    RIVERSIDE CHEN 18: 95pts TIM ATKIN (MW) RIVERSIDE CHEN 18: 91 pts NEAL MARTIN (VINOUS) RIVERSIDE CHEN 18: 96 pts DECANTER RIVERSIDE CHEN 18: 96 pts WINE MAGAZINE RIVERSIDE CHEN 18: 4 ½ stars PLATTER GUIDE RIVERSIDE CHEN 17: 95pts TIM ATKIN (MW) RIVERSIDE CHEN 17: 4 ½ stars PLATTER GUIDE RIVERSIDE CHEN 17: 91 pts NEAL MARTIN RIVERSIDE CHEN 15: 93 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate) RIVERSIDE CHEN 15: 93 pts TIM ATKIN (MW) RIVERSIDE CHEN 14:  5 stars PLATTER GUIDE 2016 RIVERSIDE CHEN 14: 92 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate) RIVERSIDE CHEN 14: 17 pts JANCIS ROBINSON RIVERSIDE CHEN 13: 89 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate) RIVERSIDE CHEN 13:  4½ stars PLATTER GUIDE