Alc: 15.5 %
TA: 5.5 g/L
RS: 1.9 g/L
TSO2: 64 mg/L
VA: 0.95 g/L
Our Estate blend of 49% Merlot; 33% Cabernet Sauvignon; 12% Cabernet Franc; and 6% Syrah. The core of the wine is based on the original older blocks of Homestead Cabernet Sauvignon and Steepside Merlot to which we have added barrels from our newer sites. This year we are particularly excited to introduce High Road Cabernet Franc to the blend; a block certain to become a regular feature in the Keermont. 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 to West. 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 22 months maturing in French oak barrels (20% new) before being bottled by hand without filtration. Total production was just sixteen 225 Litre barrels yielding 4800 bottles and 50 magnum bottles.
Venetian red in colour, this wine exudes complex aromas of ripe cherry, wild berries, and dusty ‘fynbos’. The palate has an array of ripe berries, cherry sherbet, crushed herbs and spices. Elegant but firm tannin affords the wine a long dry succulent finish. Drink 2015-2025.
A warm, relatively dry winter and early spring meant good weather for pruning. Bud break was fairly quick and even. Light showers of rain throughout the early spring meant that we didn’t need to irrigate over this period, but regular sprays needed to be applied due to high disease pressure. Shoots grew quickly and canopy management soon became a priority. Cool, but generally good, conditions during flowering led to good and even fruit set. The weather started to warm-up and dry-out during December leading to some of the blocks being irrigated from the beginning of the month. The start of the ripening period was marked by a heat wave with temperatures in the mid-thirties (˚C) in early January. Grapes changed colour quickly and evenly. The warm, dry conditions led to grapes ripening quickly with little variation between cultivars. Harvest started on the 7 February and it soon became apparent that we would have to get a lot of the grapes off in a short space of time. Eventually the whole crop of 9 varieties and 82 tons was picked by 4 March (under 4 weeks!). No mean feat for a relatively small and inexperienced team.
KEERMONT 11: 93pts Neal Martin (Wine Advocate)
KEERMONT 09: 94pts Peter Moser (Falstaff)
KEERMONT 09: 93pts Neal Martin (Wine Advocate)
KEERMONT 09: 4.5 stars Platter Wine Guide
KEERMONT 08: 90pts Neal Martin (Wine Advocate)
KEERMONT 08: 4.5 stars Platter Wine Guide
KEERMONT 08: ‘BTW: amazing South African Bordeaux blend-world-class-Keermont red blend 2008-serious stuff’ – ROBERT M PARKER, Jr