This is scented, serious and concentrated, all cassis and blood orange flavours with dense tannins, stylish wood and the balance and definition of the 2017 vintage. 2022-29 93/100 Tim Atkin MW
Dark ruby red, this is quite a serious vintage with a complex bouquet of ripe red berry fruit, cedarwood, and typical ‘fynbos’ flowers. The palate is full-bodied but gentle. Tannin structure is full and dense and coats the palate, while the natural acidity keeps the ripe fruit in check. Savoury notes of tomato paste and cloves add character to the bright red strawberry and cassis flavours which linger into a long, tight finish.
Keermont Cabernet grows in our Cottage Lane Vineyard on the mid-slopes of the Helderberg. This vineyard is situated on the crest of a ridge (320m above sea level) so has aspects ranging from East through North to West. It is very exposed, resulting in small vines with low yields. This has allowed us to make a relatively fine-grained Cabernet, but the clay soils translate to a wine with power, tension and fresh acidity. We blend in a couple of barrels of other varieties to add to the complexity of flavour and tannin structure.
Small batches 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 27 months maturing in seasoned French oak barriques (approximately 5% new) before being bottled by hand without filtration on 11 June 19. Eight thousand twenty-four bottles and 100 magnums were produced. The Keermont Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 was bottle aged in our cellar for nine months before release to ensure integration and improved drinkability on release.
2017 was an excellent growing season on Keermont. Despite a drier than usual winter, we had strong growth in the vineyards during the springtime. This led to the formation of an excellent healthy crop that ripened evenly during the warm, dry summer. Harvest started reasonably early but was put on hold after heavy rainfall in late January. This rejuvenated the vines and allowed for extended ripening, which definitely raised the general quality. We recorded one of our largest and healthiest crops yet, and grapes came in with excellent analysis and concentration.
Alc: 15.0 %
RS: 1.8 g/L