The KEERMONT TERRASSE white blend derives its name from the terraced vineyards on Keermont. The backbone of this blend is Chenin Blanc from a 49 year old un-irrigated vineyard called ‘Riverside’ and this is complimented by Chenin from two younger vineyards and varying fractions of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. In the 2017 vintage we included a barrel each of Marsanne and Rousanne from our younger Riverside vineyards. All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Most of the vineyard parcels grow on deep red clay rich soil derived from sandstone and granite and are surrounded by indigenous vegetation. They lie between 250 and 400 meters above sea level in the valley between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountain ranges and have a variety of aspects from North East to West facing. Small batches of grapes are specifically selected according to ripeness, harvested by hand and vinified separately. White wines are fermented by indigenous yeast in seasoned French oak barrels and then spend a further 12 months maturing on the lees. Bottling is carried out by hand without filtration. 13919 bottles and 64 magnums of the Terrasse 2017 were produced.

TASTING NOTE

A polished light yellow gold colour, this wine has a complex bouquet of spicy citrus and stone fruit with hints of orange blossom, hazelnut, crushed oyster shell and butterscotch. On entry, the wine has a soft full palate. Subtle fruit flavours of peach, litchi and apricot are complimented by hints of sweet spice and vanilla. There is good weight on the midpalate and a light texture. Crunchy apple acidity holds the wine together into a lingering, succulent finish. Drink 2019-2030.

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. This rejuvenated the vines and allowed for extended ripening which definitely raised the quality. We recorded one of our largest and healthiest crops yet

BLOCKS

BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Riverside
Chenin Blanc
1971
3.1 ton/Ha
16%
Low Road
Chenin Blanc
2007
11.9 ton/Ha
20%
Bobbejaan
Chenin Blanc
2009
9.3 ton/Ha
19%
Uitkyk
Sauv Blanc
1988
5.3 ton/Ha
21%
Low Road
Chardonnay
2007
9.6 ton/Ha
11%
Die Terrasse
Chardonnay
2009
1 ton/Ha
3%
Cottage Lane
Viognier
2006
7.4 ton/Ha
5%
Riverside
Marsanne
2014
3.4 ton/Ha
3%
Riverside
Rousanne
2014
2.8 ton/Ha
2%

ANALYSIS

55% Chenin Blanc, 21% Sauvignon Blanc, 14% Chardonnay, 5% Viognier, 3% Marsanne, 2% Rousanne

Alc: 13.50%
pH: 3.33
TA: 5.4g/L
RS: 2.4g/L
TSO2: 106mg/L
VA: 0.59g/L

ACCOLADES

TERRASSE 16: FIRST CLASS Japan Airlines
TERRASSE 16: 93pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
TERRASSE 16: 4 ½ stars PLATTER GUIDE
TERRASSE 16: 90 pts NEAL MARTIN
TERRASSE 15: 95 pts Cape White Blend Report – Wine Magazine 2017
TERRASSE 15: 93 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
TERRASSE 15: 4 stars PLATTER GUIDE
TERRASSE 15: 92 pts WINE SPECTATOR
TERRASSE 15: 93 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
TERRASSE 14: FIRST CLASS British Airways
TERRASSE 14: 94 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
TERRASSE 14: 90 pts WINE SPECTATOR 2016
TERRASSE 14: 4½ stars PLATTER GUIDE 2016
TERRASSE 14: 93 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
TERRASSE 13: FIRST CLASS British Airways
TERRASSE 13: 17 pts JANCIS ROBINSON
TERRASSE 13: 89 pts NEAL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
TERRASSE 13: 94 pts TIM ATKIN (MW)
TERRASSE 13: MATTHEW JUKES WoW in Money week: “scintillating “– 21 November 2014
TERRASSE 13: 4 stars PLATTER GUIDE