Here are our six most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Sadie Family Wines Columella 2015 – 97 (read original review here) Lismore Reserve Chardonnay 2016 – 96 (read original review here) Dornier Siren Syrah 2015 – 95 (read orginal review here) ..
Stellenbosch property Keermont recently released new vintages of its single vineyard series, tasting notes and ratings as follows: Keermont Riverside Chenin Blanc 2015 Wine Cellar price: R320 From a vineyard planted in 1971. Fermented and matured for 12 months in French oak barrels, partially new. Subtle and elusive aromatics – hay and dried herbs before […]
Planted in 1971, the Riverside Chenin Blanc block is the oldest on Stellenbosch farm Keermont and the resulting wine is particular as single-vineyard wines often are. The 2014 (Wine Cellar price: R265 a bottle) was fermented and matured for 12 months in a combination of new and used French oak. It shows peach and a […]
I was wondering if I could find the energy, in the midst of late-year-in-Cape-Town torpor, to rustle up a list of my top local wines of the year… An alternative occurred to me: grape variety/style of the year. The answer to that is easy: shiraz/syrah. It’s not a revolution in wine-critical thought, of course, to […]
Total plantings on Keermont situated in the Blaauwklippen Valley below De Trafford and above Dornier and Waterford amount to 30ha. Until now, there have been just four wines (a white blend, a Syrah, a Bordeaux-style red and a vine-dried sweet) but now a single vineyard series has been launched, the idea being to highlight specific […]
Since the maiden vintage 2010, the white blend Terrasse from Keermont in Stellenbosch is a wine which enchants me even if don’t quite understand it. The wine is based on Chenin Blanc from a 1971 vineyard and is complimented by Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier and there’s also a certain curiousness about it that fascinates […]
When I first encountered the 2010 vintage of the white blend called Terrasse from Keermont in Stellenbosch on its release towards the end of 2011, I thought it was a superlative wine (see here). Last night a bottle again proved excellent drinking. Consisting of 88% Chenin Blanc, 7% Chardonnay and 5% Viognier, it’s by no […]
Keermont sits just below De Trafford on the Helderberg in Stellenbosch and the wines made to date have generally impressed, with the 2010 vintage of the white blend called Terrasse one of my top 12 wines of 2011. Yesterday winemaker Alex Starey presented some new vintages, tasting notes and scores as follows: Terrasse 2012 Price: […]