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Keermont Terrasse White 2012

Country: South africa
Region: Stellenbosch
Type: White
Producer: Keermont
Grape: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2012
Body: Medium to full bodied
Alcohol: 14%
Sweetness: Dry

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31% Chenin, 30% Chardonnay, 30% SB and 9% Viognier 'Citrus and freshness, though a touch more Sauvignon vivacity. Lots of juiciness, lots of juicy peach brightness from the Viognier' Tom Cannavan,

Tasting Notes

This gorgeous white blend has just been taken on by British Airways for their first class passengers, so you can recreate the feeling of being a well-heeled international traveller in your own home by sipping this in bed, while watching a movie on your iPad and asking your spouse for more nuts. It’s a delicious combination of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier with aromas of apricot, honey, apple and hazelnut and gentle butterscotch undertones. The wine has a soft sweet entry with ripe citrus and vanilla flavours evolving into a lovely long, dry, earthy finish. 14% alc. Drink now-2020. The Keermont Terrasse 2012 is a white blend which derives its name from the terraced vineyards from which the grapes are harvested. The backbone of this blend is Chenin Blanc from a 40 year old un-irrigated vineyard called ‘Riverside’ and Sauvignon Blanc produced from a 23 year old un-irrigated vineyard called ‘Uitkyk’. This is complimented by Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier from younger vineyards. 2012 saw one of our main Chenin Blanc blocks, Low Road, severely affected by Powdery Mildew, hence the lower percentage of Chenin in the final blend than usual. Total production was just 13 barrels yielding 6500 bottles. All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Small parcels of grapes are selected according to optimal ripeness and harvested by hand in the cool of the early morning. The grapes are vinified gently and naturally following traditional techniques. White wines are fermented in seasoned French oak barrels and then spend a further 12 months maturing on the lees. Bottling is carried out by hand without filtration.

Press Note:

"I met up with winemaker Alex Starey, on board since the project began, as we visited a high and hugely windswept vantage point in his highest vineyard. Alex came back from overseas, originally to work for neighbouring de Trafford, and has been instrumental in the new plantings that supplement a few hectares of 40-year-old Chenin and other varieties on the property. "Today the planting is much more site specific," he tells me. "We are planting on red clay/loam with lots of quartz in some areas and some patches of river stones too." We walk around some of the vineyards as he explains the research that went into choosing just the right rootstocks and clones, and trials to find the best planting and training systems too, like the single post-supported bush vines à la Hermitage used for Syrah. As well as Syrah all five Bordeaux varieties are planted, and "We never acidify, inoculate or filter. It's as natural as possible," says Alex. In 2012 Keermont plans to release some single block Syrah too." Tom Cannavan, "During a recent look at what London online retailer Swig are particularly thrilled by I was struck by this very sophisticated South African blend based on a high terrace of 40-year-old unirrigated Chenin bushvines next to the estimable De Trafford, where Keermont's young winemaker and viticulturist (surely the ideal role?) Alex Starey worked on his return from his travels. Enjoy the subtlety and richness of the wine - not rich in the sense of overall sweetness because the bracing acidity distracts from that - but the layers of nuance each ingredient brings. It's clearly a complex barrel-fermented wine. I found honey and apples - not unusual for a Chenin - but also some florality in the nose (from the Viognier perhaps?) and an appetisingly bitter quinine note on the finish. This full-bodied dry wine could be enjoyed now but I suspect it will continue to improve for at least five years and possibly more." Jancis Robinson,

Customer Comments:

"We have finally opened up a bottle of the Keermont wine you recommended. We were waiting for a special occasion with friends. It is wonderful." - Kyra (Swig customer, London)

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