This is one of two current releases of Terrasse, produced from an assemblage of Chenin Blanc and 39% Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. Wax and honeysuckle aromas progress into a tangy, focused, herbal palate, with some stony reduction and a textured finish. 2021-26 94/100 Tim Atkin MW
A polished light yellow gold colour, this wine has a complex bouquet of spicy citrus and stone fruit with hints of orange blossom, hazelnut, crushed oyster shell and butterscotch. On entry, the wine has a full soft palate. Subtle fruit flavours of peach, litchi and apricot are complemented by hints of sweet spice and vanilla. There is good weight on the midpalate and a light texture. Crunchy apple acidity holds the wine together into a lingering, succulent finish.
Terrasse is our barrel-fermented white blend which derives its name from the terraced vineyards leading up the mountains on the estate. We have six different white wine varieties planted on these terraces, and every year we make up a unique blend of them. The base is Chenin blanc from three distinctive vineyards – our old vine Riverside block planted in 1971, the dryland bush vine Bobbejaan Wingerd (Baboon Vineyard), and the trellised Low Road vineyard. The other varieties add complexity and create a more complete wine. Chardonnay gives a little more weight on the palate, Sauvignon blanc brings fresh acidity, and the drop of Viognier provides this vintage with a slight spicy, aromatic lift.
All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. The farm is situated at the upper reaches of the Blaauwklippen Valley above Stellenbosch. Most of the vineyards grow in deep red clay rich soil derived from sandstone and granite and are surrounded by indigenous mountain vegetation. Small batches of grapes are specifically selected according to ripeness, harvested by hand and vinified separately. White wines are fermented by indigenous yeast in seasoned French oak barrels and then spend a further 12 months maturing on the lees. Bottling is carried out by hand without filtration.
Despite prevailing drought conditions, 2018 was an excellent growing season on Keermont. We had a reasonably cold winter, although it was drier than usual. Spring arrived quite early, and the warm weather ensured an even budburst. We had some good rain showers during the season, which allowed for the vines to grow sufficiently. These factors led to the formation of a healthy crop that ripened evenly. We had a notable diurnal temperature variation during this season (warm days and cool nights) responsible for good tannin, colour, and flavour development. Harvest started at the beginning of February and ran very smoothly. We processed 87 tons (13 varieties) in the Keermont winery over seven weeks.
61% Chenin blanc; 23% Chardonnay; 13% Sauvignon blanc; 3% Viognier
TA: 5.7 g/L