SVS (SINGLE VINEYARD SERIES)
This series of wines was created to highlight the specific characteristics of vineyard sites which produce great wines year in and year out. We have selected the best barrel or two of wine made from these vineyards and bottled it separately.
The Topside Syrah vineyard is situated high up on the West facing midslopes of the Stellenbosch Mountain range (Elevation 350m). It was planted in 2006 on rocky soils consisting of sandstone and granite, weathered from the peaks above. Vines are trellised and run with the contour in a North South direction. The elevation, soil and aspect all contribute to spicy character and fine tannin structure of this wine. The views from the top of this vineyard west to Table Mountain are simply breath taking.
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 20 months maturing in seasoned 500 litre French oak barrels before being bottled by hand without filtration on 10 November 2015. Only 1606 bottles were produced.
Dark plummy red in colour, this wine has a beautiful bouquet of candied fruit with hints of violets, stems and white pepper. The palate is clean and elegant with a tight acidity and ripe spicy fruit flavours with floral notes. The tight chalky tannin structure gives the wine a succulent dry finish with lingering flavours of red fruit, anise, liquorice and a mineral saltiness. Drink 2016-2026.
Alc: 14.5 % pH: 3.61 TA: 5.3 g/L RS: 1.8 g/L
TSO2: 80 mg/L VA: 0.68 g/L
This season’s winter was generally mild, but became cold and wet towards spring time. Keermont experienced record rainfall and even snow on the mountains during August. This allowed for good vine growth during the spring, but also increased the mildew pressure and resulted in an unusually large insect population. Fortunately neither of these had a major impact on our crop.
Our soils stayed moist through the growing season thanks to moderate temperatures and we hardly had to irrigate at all before harvest. A series of heat waves in early February jolted us into harvest action. The vines, which had been very nurtured by all the moisture, suddenly started to show some signs of stress and we needed to pick quite a few of the blocks over a short period.
The favourable growing conditions contributed to a healthy crop of 150 tons for Keermont Vineyards.