Keermont Terrasse 2016

Keermont Terrasse 2016

Keermont Terrasse 2016

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Keermont Terrasse 2016

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SKU WC110150-2016 Category
KEERMONT TERRASSE 2016

The KEERMONT TERRASSE white blend derives its name from the terraced vineyards on Keermont. The backbone of this blend is Chenin Blanc from a 48 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. 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. 13 616 bottles produced.

TASTING NOTE

A polished light yellow gold colour, this wine has a bouquet driven by vanilla and butterscotch with undertones of peach and cut grass. Upfront fruit flavours of peach and apricot are complimented by hints of spice and green pepper as well as a touch of oak. The palate has a crunchy apple acidity which holds the wine together into a long succulent dry finish. Drink 2018-2027.

BLOCKS
BLOCK
VARIETY
PLANTED
YIELD
%
Riverside
Chenin Blanc
1971
1.0 ton/Ha
11%
Low Road
Chenin Blanc
2007
3.5 ton/Ha
16%
Bobbejaan
Chenin Blanc
2009
3.4 ton/Ha
12%
Uitkyk
Sauv Blanc
1988
3.8 ton/Ha
20%
Low Road
Sauv Blanc
2005
5.2 ton/Ha
14%
Low Road
Chardonnay
2007
6.6 ton/Ha
11%
Die Terrasse
Chardonnay
2009
0.6 ton/Ha
2%
Cottage Lane
Viognier
2006
11 ton/Ha
14%
VINTAGE REPORT

The 2016 vintage started with a very moderate winter with below average rainfall. Spring came early and was also relatively warm and dry and we started to irrigate earlier than usual. The weather continued to warm up towards Christmas and we experienced average maximum temperatures of 30°C and 35°C for December and January respectively! Fortunately, we had some rain during December which pepped the vines up leading into the critical ‘Veraison’ period over Christmas and into January. This is when the berries change colour and begin to ripen and is a high water-demand period. The tough growing conditions took their toll on our Chenin Blanc vineyards in particular. This resulted in a low yield and therefore a lower percentage in the Terrasse blend than usual. With all the hot, dry weather the grapes ripened quickly and we started picking earlier than ever before on 19 January. We had a crazy month of harvesting where we processed 78 tons of grapes from the farm including 11 different varieties. Harvest ended as quickly as it had begun and by 19 February we had picked all of the grapes for Keermont wines of 2016.

ANALYSIS
Alc: 13.44%   pH: 3.43   TA: 5.3g/L
RS: 1.8g/L   TSO2: 86mg/L   VA: 0.61g/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

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