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2015 Keermont Pondokrug Cabernet Franc - 90 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 90 pts

 "There's a sweet overlay to the bouquet of this wine, offered in waves of ripe red plum and cherry that are hit by a dusting of sweet oak and vanilla. It just hits medium in weight and is overall quite delicate in structure, with bright acidity and soft tannins that yield a refreshing and lightly structured texture and impression. Hints of spiced plum linger on the close. Drink now. - LAUREN BUZZEO"

 - Wine Enthusiast (September 2021), 90 pts


2015 Keermont Pondokrug Cabernet Franc - 91 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"The 2015 Keermont Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Cottage Lane Vineyard, located at 300 meters above sea level. It was picked in small batches that underwent strict sorting and spent two to three weeks on the skins. It then matured for 22 months in 225-liter French oak barrels (10% to 15% new) before being bottled by hand without filtration. It has a tightly wound bouquet at first, presenting blackberry, bilberry, cedar and light damp undergrowth scents. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and mint- and cedar-tinged black fruit on the entry, building toward a nicely structured, quite sappy finish. It doesn’t quite deliver the panache of its Syrah counterpart, but it is a fine Cabernet Sauvignon all the same. - Neal Martin"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (August 2018), 91 pts

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2015 Keermont Pondokrug Cabernet Franc - 93 PTS - IWR

i winereview logo"Sourced from the top two terraces of the vineyard up near the reservoir, this single parcel Cabernet Franc reveals good typicity and impressive depth of plum and dark cherry fruit. Creamy, lush texture on a full bodied palate with fine firm tannins. Matured 20 months in used French oak. The name means hut (pondok) on the ridge (rug) in Afrikaans."

- International Wine Review (January 2019), 93 pts

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2016 Keermont Pondokrug Cabernet Franc - 94 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"One of the younger wines in the Keermont portfolio - it was first made as recently as 2014 - this is at the firmer end of the Cabernet Franc spectrum, which is why Alex Starey says it needs "a week in a decanter to open up properly". Floral, dense and focused, it has stylish oak, layers of cut grass and damson fruit and a fresh finish. 2022-28"

- Tim Atkin (South Africa 2020 Report), 94 pts