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:
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.
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.
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.