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The Wines of Keermont


Just under two weeks ago Jeremy from Kysela Pere et Fils recommended that I try out the wines of Keermont.  Their wines are a new addition to the Kysela portfolio and ones which they are excited about.  I stopped by MacArthurs last week to pick up three of the selections.

The Keermont Winery, Image from Kysela

Keermont is composed of two old farms, Fleurfontein and Keerweder III, which were purchased by the Wraith family in 2003.  In 2005 they started a major effort to plant vineyards with the first vintage release in 2007.   The vineyards are planted in blocks throughout the farm which are surrounded by natural vegetation.  Within a block the parcels are individually managed in terms of varietal, density, training, and irrigation.  In 2010 they converted a spring water bottling plant into their winery.

Vineyard, Image from Keermont

There are currently four wines produced.  I tried three and left the sticky for a future post.  These wines left impressions of being carefully made, purity, and focus.  I was most excited by the white Terrasses and the Syrah.  These are worth searching out for.

2010 Keermont, Terrasse, Stellenbosch
This wine is 88% Chenin Blanc, 7% Chardonnay, and 5% Viognier.  This wine was fermented and aged on lees for 11 months in second and third fill French oak barrels.  I do not drink much white wine, let alone Chenin Blanc but I muts admit this is a lovely wine.  The wine is a very light straw color.  It is important not to drink this wine too cold.  The savory, restrained fruit is delivered with a creamy body, clean stone flavors, and a racy finish.  The fresh, focused, apple like fruit has acidity and texture that dances on the tongue.  A pleasant mouthfeel!  This drank well over several nights and I suspect might be best in a year or two. ***(*) 2014-2017.

2009 Keermont, Syrah, Stellenbosch
This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from vines on the north facing vineyard of Helderberg.  The wine was aged for 22 months in French oak.  Only four barrels were produced.  Mourvedre and Viognier were also planted for possible use in the future.  The nose is delicate though very perfumed with a depth to the purity of the fruit and evocative of the Northern Rhone.  The fruit flavors are young with restraint, some dark notes, drying tannins, and persistant aftertaste.  With air notes of vanilla develop on the nose.  In the mouth it becomes very elegant, with mineral flavors that coat the mouth, a savory, salty character, and a richness that exceeds the Red Blend.  I would cellar this a few years. ***(*) 2014-2019.

2008 Keermont, Red Blend, Stellenbosch
This flagship wine is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 20%Syrah.  The wine was aged for 20 months in second fill French oak barrels.  Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec were also planted and may be included once the vineyards mature.  It took several hours for this to step out of the glass.  There are lots of upfront flavor with restrainted black cherry, blackberry, finely delineated pencil lead and cedar that make way to bright acidity in the midpalate.  There are very fine, subtle tannins that show texture in the finish.  There is a bit of a green herb note that identifies this wine as South African. *** Now-2019.

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