The Keermont Companion Red is a blend of a handful of barrels that were left over after we had made up our Keermont wines for 2017. The components are in no way inferior to the components of the Keermont range, we simply had more barrels of them than were required. Interestingly, the combination has resulted in a very complete, balanced, and delicious wine.

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 before being bottled by hand without filtration on 26/9/19. 1467 bottles were produced.

TASTING NOTE

Ruby red in colour, this wine has a floral bouquet with hints of herbs, spice, and dusty fruit. The pallet is soft and spicy with a gentle, but firm tannin structure. Drink 2020 – 2027.

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
%
Sweetwater
Syrah
2006
10.7 ton/Ha
44%
Steepside
Petit Verdot
2005
4.9 ton/Ha
34%
Pondokrug
Cabernet Franc
2007
6.2 ton/Ha
12%
Steepside
Mourvèdre
2009
1.8 ton/Ha
10%

ANALYSIS

44% Syrah, 34% Petit Verdot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 10% Mourvèdre

Alc: 14.50%
pH: 3.67
TA: 4.9g/L
RS: 1.4g/L
TSO2: 86mg/L
VA: 0.77g/L