(375ml)

The KEERMONT FLEURFONTEIN (‘flower fountain’) derives its name from a beautiful spring on the farm near the Sauvignon blanc vineyard from which the grapes are sourced. Raisins are produced by pinching the stem of the grape bunches while they ripen on the vine. This stops the translocation of fluids into and out of the grapes and allows them to dry naturally during the warm summer. The raisins are harvested a few weeks later and the syrupy juice is squeezed from them with a hard pressing process. The syrup is fermented by indigenous yeast in Hungarian and French oak barrels and is left to mature for 18 months. Total production was 3500 bottles. All grapes used in producing this wine were grown on Keermont Vineyards and bottling was carried out by hand in our cellar.

TASTING NOTE

Pure yellow gold in colour, the Fleurfontein 2018 exudes aromas of kiwifruit, dried apricot, and citrus with hints of hazelnut and vanilla. The palate is full and creamy with concentrated flavours of dried fruits and marzipan. A central core of acidity gives the wine a long, complex and focused succulent finish with a slightly salty touch. Drink now through to 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) over 7 weeks.

BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
Low Road
Sauv Blanc
2005
5.6 ton/Ha

ANALYSIS

Alc: 11.5 %
pH: 3.61
TA: 6.7 g/L
RS: 250 g/L
TSO2: 184mg/L
VA: 1.34 g/L

ACCOLADES

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