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
CAB 14: 93 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
CAB 14: 91 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)