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Keermont Terrasse 2012


KeermontKeermont 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: R120
31% Chenin Blanc, 30% Chardonnay, 30% Sauvignon Blanc, 9% Viognier. Good complexity with notes of honeysuckle, lime, peach and pear. Medium bodied and relatively fresh and tight for a wine which spent 12 months fermenting in old oak.

Score: 92/100

Syrah 2011
Price: R160
24 months in French oak, none new. More red than black fruit, fynbos and white pepper on the nose. Not unduly weighty given 15.5% alcohol by volume but slightly unfocused, hot on the finish.

Score: 89/100

Keermont 2011
Price: R228
49% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 6% Syrah. 22 months in French oak, 20% new. Red and black fruit, violets and some crushed herbs. Big and bold but a bit hollow on the mid-palate, hot on the finish.

Score: 87/100


    • How well these oxidative wines age is a bit of an unknown – the category simply hasn’t been around long enough to allow proper exploration of this. That said, demanding very great longevity of them (beyond five years from vintage) seems somewhat academic. As for the implication in your comment that they’re winemaker’s wines, I would counter that it should to be everybody’s very great relief that the market is not monolithic: different consumers like different wines.


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