Viognier 77%; Chenin blanc 10%; Roussanne 10%; Marsanne 3%
The Companion White Blend 2018 is an experimental blend made up from barrels of wine grown, produced, and bottled at Keermont. This wine is a crisp dry Viognier based blend which we matured in large, seasoned French oak barrels for an extended period of 36 months. This has resulted in a lovely rich lees character and a very soft mouthfeel.
A polished light-yellow gold colour, this wine has a complex bouquet of prominent citrus and stone fruit with notes of vanilla and fruit blossom. The wine has a soft and rich 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.
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.