Keermont, Terrasse 2013

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Description

Analysis

Alc: 13.5%

pH: 3.49

TA: 4.8g/L

RS: 3.0g/L

TSO2: 82mg/L

VA: 0.65g/L

The KEERMONT TERRASSE white blend derives its name from the terraced vineyards in the Stellenbosch mountains from which the grapes are harvested. The backbone of this blend is Chenin blanc from a 43 year old un-irrigated vineyard called ‘Riverside’ and is complimented by Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and Viognier. All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Small parcels of grapes are selected according to optimal ripeness and harvested by hand. The grapes are vinified gently and naturally following traditional techniques. White wines are fermented in seasoned French oak barrels and then spend a further 12 months maturing on the lees. Bottling is carried out by hand without filtration. Strong November winds (discussed in the vintage report) resulted in a very low yield on the more susceptible Sauvignon blanc vineyard, but fortunately the other blocks were not as badly affected. A total of 21 barrels of 2013 Terrasse was produced yielding 9450 bottles.


Tasting Note

A polished light yellow gold colour, this wine has a bouquet of citrus blossom with hazelnut, lemon grass and butterscotch undertones. The wine has a soft sweet entry with a racy linear acidity. Ripe citrus and stone fruit flavours evolve into a lovely lingering dry earthy finish. This is a textured white wine with layers of flavour. Drink 2014-2024.

Blocks

BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Riverside
Chenin Blanc
1971
1.7 ton/Ha
25%
Low Road
Chenin Blanc
2007
7.2 ton/Ha
42%
Low Road
Chardonnay
2007
6.8 ton/Ha
17%
Cottage Lane
Viognier
2006
5.5 ton/Ha
9%
Uitkyk
Sauv Blanc
1988
0.8 ton/Ha
7%

Vintage Report

2013 Can be considered as our most challenging season yet at Keermont Vineyards. Generally, it was a very good growing season. It started with a cold and wet winter and wet spring. We faced the usual challenges at budburst with the mountain wildlife feeding on the young buds as well as strong winds and even a serious hail storm. Things were going well until the end of November when we were hammered by three consecutive days of ferocious Easterly winds. The vines were completely sandblasted losing leaves, bunches and shoots in the process. We estimated about sixty per cent of our crop was lost to the wind. The rest of the season was focussed on nursing the vines back to good health and trying to protect the remaining crop. Dry weather during the midseason punctuated by heatspikes led to harvest starting early. Heavy rain increased the disease pressure and we had to harvest the white grapes quickly to avoid loss to rot. Ripening slowed considerably after the rain and we could harvest the 51 tons of grapes which had survived the wind under relatively calm conditions. We eventually processed 32 tons of grapes in the winery.

Accolades

  • British Airways FIRST CLASS
  • JANCIS ROBINSON – 17 pts
  • NEAL MARTIN (Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate) – 89 pts
  • TIM ATKIN (MW) – 94 pts
  • MATTHEW JUKES WoW in Money week: “scintillating “– 21 November 2014
  • PLATTER GUIDE – 4 stars
  • TERRASSE 12: 90pts Neal Martin (Wine Advocate)
  • TERRASSE 12: Jancis Robinson’s Wine of the Week (20 Sept 2013) 17/20

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