4 ½ Stars 2021 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
17 (92)’ s ample sweet fruit & 15% alcohol restrained by classic cedar & graphite oak notes, fine tannin, splashes cab franc & malbec, & noticeably dry finish. Wonderful showcase of sight, vintage & winemaker’s skill.
90 pts Vinous April 2021
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon has a more detailed and classier bouquet than the Merlot, offering blackberry and raspberry coulis; touches of rose petal develop with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins. Good structure here, and just a little austerity toward the finish that keeps you coming back for more. Fine. 2022-2030
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. 8024 bottles and 100 magnums were produced. The Keermont Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 was bottle aged in our cellar for 9 months before release to ensure integration and improved drinkability on release
Dark ruby red in color, this is quite a serious vintage with a complex bouquet of ripe red berry fruit, cedar wood, 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 flavors which linger into a long, tight finish. Drink 2020–2035.