Alc: 15.5 %
TA: 5.0 g/L
RS: 2.0 g/L
TSO2: 71 mg/L
VA: 085 g/L
The Keermont Syrah 2011 is a blend of our three Syrah vineyard sites. The wine is based on Steepside Syrah: Grown on a North facing slope in deep red clay rich soils, this vineyard produces powerful full-bodied wines with rich spicy flavours. We added three barrels made from Topside Syrah: an unirrigated west facing block planted at 400m above sea level on rocky sandstone based soil. Topside Syrah is usually a more aromatic wine with a lighter more refined structure. The blend was completed by one barrel from Sweetwater Syrah: a small block planted on river boulders on the Blaauwklippen valley floor. This is usually a lighter style wine with elegant, but firm structure and red fruit flavours. All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Small parcels 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 (5% new) before being bottled by hand without filtration. 6800 bottles and 58 magnum bottles were produced.
This is an intense wine with a bright scarlet colour. Pure grapey aromas are complimented by red spices with some herbal and lavender notes. The palate is full and juicy, packed with ripe fruit and spice. The tight structure gives the wine a succulent finish with lingering flavours of anise, liquorice and a mineral saltiness. Drink 2013-2023.
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. 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.
- SYRAH 11: 91pts Neal Martin (Wine Advocate)
- SYRAH 10: 93pts Neal Martin (Wine Advocate)
- SYRAH 10: 92pts James Molesworth (Wine Spectator)
- SYRAH 10: 19/20 René Gabriel; 92pts Peter Moser (Falstaff)
- SYRAH 10: 17.5pts Julia Harding MW (Jancis Robinson)
- SYRAH 09: 94pts Neal Martin (Wine Advocate)
- SYRAH 09: 91pts James Molesworth (Wine Spectator)
- SYRAH 09: 94pts Peter Moser (Falstaff)