"My top red wine from the recent South African expo" - Matthew Jukes
95pts 'Outstanding' - "A wine with soul" Decanter Magazine, December 2014. "Thick, spicy, peppery and intense - Cornas style. Remarkable concentration. Meaty and long, dense and compact; a wine with soul." Tim Atkin
"The finest portfolio of wines at The Beautiful South Tasting. Every wine warrants a trophy-sized score!" Matthew Jukes
"Decanter average score: 18.5/20pts (95/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Tim Atkin MW 18.5 Guy Harcourt-Wood 18.5 Greg Sherwood MW 18.5
Keermont is a relatively new name in Stellenbosch, having released its first wines in 2007. The estate is tucked between the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountains, and the comparative altitude of these isolated vineyards is well suited to a floral, silky, pepper-spiced, Rhône-style of Syrah. This 2012 vintage (which includes 5% Mourvedre for the first time) comes from two blocks: one on east-facing sandstone at a higher elevation, the other on north-facing, deep clay loams. Winemaker Alex Starey favours partial whole-bunch fermentation, minimal-intervention winemaking and ageing in old oak.
Tim Atkin MW Thick, spicy, peppery and intense – Cornas style. Remarkable concentration. Meaty and long, dense and compact; a wine with soul.
Guy Harcourt-Wood Ripe blackberry fruit infused with potpourri on the nose. Cherry- flavoured palate with hints of smoke. Finishes warm.
Greg Sherwood MW Sweet, dense, black fruit and leafy spice – earthy with a sweet cranberry lift. Palate has fine balance, textural complexity and spicy, red apple, plum and forest fruit complexity."
"Use nefarious tactics to horde this Syrah - it is simply mind-blowing from the molecular aromatic flirtation when you come into its range to its palate ravishing flavour when you are knee deep in its joys. This is an inky and powerful wine, with a splash of Mourvèdre at its core, and yet it has more levity and poise than anything I have tasted this year out of the Rhône. Winemaker Alex Starey has been on my radar since he released his first Keermont wines a few years ago and I have had my laser-sights on him ever since. This is a game changing portfolio of wines. Superstardom awaits this modest, young man of wine." - Matthew Jukes, MoneyWeek, 21 November 2014
"Alex Starey is one of best and nicest winemakers in South Africa. He’s also a super cool surfer. But it is his syrahs that are turning heads both in and outside South Africa." - Richard Siddle