(375ml)

The KEERMONT FLEURFONTEIN (‘flower fountain’) derives its name from a beautiful spring on the farm. The Sauvignon blanc vineyard from which the grapes are sourced for this wine lies just below this spring. Raisins are produced by pinching the stem of the grape bunches while they ripen on the vine using a pair of pliers. This pinching action stops the translocation of fluids into and out of the grapes, which stops the grapes from becoming over ripe 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 grape syrup is fermented by indigenous yeast in Hungarian and French oak barrels. The wine is then left in these barrels to mature for 18 months. Total production of the 2019 vintage was just 3 barrels yielding 1697 bottles. All grapes used in producing this wine were grown on Keermont Vineyards. Processing, maturation, and bottling were carried out by hand in our cellar.

TASTING NOTE

Yellow gold in colour with copper tinge, the Fleurfontein 2019 exudes aromas of dried apricot, lime marmalade, and ripe orange rind with hints of hazelnut and vanilla. The palate is full and creamy with concentrated flavours of dried fruits and marzipan with a grassy freshness. A central core of acidity gives the wine a long, complex, and succulent finish with a slightly salty touch. Drink now through to 2031.

VINTAGE REPORT

The 2019 vintage could be regarded as a more challenging one at Keermont. The yields were very small, but the wines have turned out beautifully. Coming off the back of four very dry years in the Cape, winter rainfall was just slightly below average. Winter temperatures were moderate and perhaps not cold enough for the vines to break dormancy properly as we experienced quite uneven budding in spring. Spring started off cool and wet so the disease pressure was quite high with lots of Downey Mildew around. From that point onwards, the vintage conditions were quite good with some summer rains and warn temperatures without any major heat spikes. Harvest started on 30 January with some early white grapes. Harvesting was interrupted by 40mm of rain the following week which was very welcome, but slowed down the ripening. Grapes were harvested in a very healthy condition although sugar levels were generally low and acidity was difficult to gauge. Early signs indicate the 2019 wines will be soft and elegant with lots of flavour. The last red grapes were picked on 18 March after which the weather made a definite change to a more autumnal feel. We had to wait until 3 April for the last of the Fleurfontein grapes to dry out properly.

BLOCKS

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

ANALYSIS

Alc: 13.0 %
pH: 3.58
TA: 6.2 g/L
RS: 197 g/L
TSO2: 154mg/L
VA: 1.39 g/L

ACCOLADES

FLEURFONTEIN 19: 97 pts NEAL MARTIN (VINOUS)
FLEURFONTEIN 19: 93 pts WINE MAGAZINE
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