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Keermont Fleurfontein
Keermont Vineyards
South Africa - Western Cape - Coastal Region - Stellenbosch

The KEERMONT FLEURFONTEIN ('flower fountain') derives its name from a beautiful spring on the farm near the Sauvignon Blanc vineyard from which the grapes are sourced. The wine is produced by pinching the stems of the grape bunches while they ripen on the vine. This stops the translocation of fluids into and out of the grapes and allows them to dry naturally. The raisons are harvested a few weeks later and the syrupy juice is squeezed from them with a hard pressing process. The syrup is fermented in Hungarian oak barrels by indigenous yeast and is left to mature for 18 months. Total production of Keermont Fleurfontein 2015 was 2400 bottles. All grapes used in producing this wine were grown on Keermont Vineyards and bottling was carried out by hand without filtration in our winery.

Tasting notes
Pure yellow gold in color, Fleurfontein exudes vibrant aromas of cut grass, dried apricot, and soft citrus. The palate is full and voluptuous with concentrated flavors of honey, pear, citrus, and almond. A central core of acidity and a hint of new oak give the wine a long complex and focussed finish. Drink now through to 2030.

Specifications
Appellation
Coastal Region - Stellenbosch
Wine Type
Fortified/Dessert
Varietal(s)
100% Sauvignon from Low Road Block
Vinification
Raisins are produced by pinching the stem of the grape bunches while they ripen on the vine. This stops the translocation of fluids into and out of the grapes and allows them to dry naturally during the warm summer. The raisins are harvested a few weeks later and the syrupy juice is squeezed from them with a hard pressing process. The syrup is fermented by indigenous yeast in Hungarian and French oak barrels and is left to mature for 18 months.

Reviews and News

2018 Keermont Fleurfontein - 95 PTS - VINOUS

2018 Keermont Fleurfontein - 95 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"The 2018 Fleurfontein has a lovely bouquet of tangerine, marmalade, honeysuckle and almond aromas that display wonderful intensity. The palate is very well balanced with a viscous texture (very Sauternes-like) and a harmonious custard tart and tangerine finish. Gorgeous! - Neal Martin."

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2019), 95 pts

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2017 Keermont Fleurfontein - 93 PTS - WA

2017 Keermont Fleurfontein - 93 PTS - WA

wa"From the first sniff on the nose, you can tell that the 2017 Fleurfontein has that "wow factor." Jumping out of the glass, there are aromas of rich and sticky stone fruits, with an essence of dried pineapple and golden raisin plus an intense floral bouquet. The palate is lusciously sweet with a focus on floral and tropical fruit tones. The finish is long and lively with a fresh, clean dried apricot flavor. Yum! This wine was created by twisting the stems of the bunches over a one- to two-month period, destroying the water and nutrient pathways to the grapes so that they shrivel and dry naturally on the vine. 2,400 bottles were made of this sweet and delicious wine. - Anthony Mueller"

- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #245, October 2019), 93 pts

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2017 Keermont Fleurfontein - 93 PTS - VINOUS

2017 Keermont Fleurfontein - 93 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"The 2017 Fleurfontein is pure Sauvignon Blanc, vine-dried (whereby the stems are pinched), fermented by indigenous yeast in Hungarian and French oak barrels and left to mature for 18 months in 50% new oak. There is around 230g/L residual sugar. The nose offers attractive acacia honey, fig and quince aromas. The palate is very pure and viscous, featuring plenty of mandarin, tangerine, apricot and fig notes, but crucially, there is a fine bead of acidity that maintains tension and race all the way through to the finish. Excellent. - Neal Martin."

- Vinous (August 29th 2018), 93pts

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2017 Keermont Fleurfontein - 93 PTS - IWR

2017 Keermont Fleurfontein - 93 PTS - IWR

i winereview logo"Light gold. Pure and refined in character, this sweet wine (230 g/L RS) offers a fine, rich perfume that soars from the glass. It shows seductively sweet rich, ripe stone fruit on a creamy palate. Good acidity keeps the wine lively on the finish. This 100% Sauvignon Blanc sweet wine is made by crimping the stem to force dessication, then dried on the vine for 3-4 weeks. It’s aged 18 months in 30-40% new barriques, some of Hungarian origin. 11% alc."

- International Wine Review (January 2019), 93 pts

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2015 Keermont Fleurfontein - 95 PTS - TA

2015 Keermont Fleurfontein - 95 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"Alex Starey’s magnificent sweet wine is made entirely with Sauvignon Blanc, some of which is cordon cut to concentrate its sugars. Rich, exotic and well balanced, with orange zest and crème brûlée flavours and a palate cleansing acidity. 2017-21"

- Tim Atkin (South Africa 2017 Special Report), 95 pts

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2015 Keermont Fleurfontein - 94 PTS - WA

2015 Keermont Fleurfontein - 94 PTS - WA

wa94"The 2015 Fleurfontein is 100% Sauvignon Blanc matured in Hungarian oak for 18 months (50% new). It has a seductive bouquet of honey, marmalade and a touch of toffee apple, well defined and ebullient in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with just the right amount of acidity to counterbalance the ripe honeyed fruit, viscous in texture but with plenty of freshness on the finish as it fans out: creme brûlée, Manuka honey and quince. The 2014 was outstanding and so is this. - Neal Martin."

- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue #230, April 28th 2017), 94pts

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2015 Keermont Fleurfontein - 93 PTS - WE

2015 Keermont Fleurfontein - 93 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 93 pts"This sweet wine, whose name means flower fountain, is decadent and rich yet wonderfully balanced and harmonious. Lush aromas of sweet grass, juicy peach, apricot, candied orange peel and orange blossom carry through to the full, slightly sticky palate, which is countered by vibrant acidity that lends nerve to the texture and a bright flourish to the enduring finish. Notes of honey-roasted almond, orange oil and dried peach linger long on the close. - Lauren Buzzeo"

- Wine Enthusiast (July 2018), 93 pts

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2014 Keermont Fleurfontein - 94 PTS - WA

2014 Keermont Fleurfontein - 94 PTS - WA

wa94"The 2014 Fleurfontein is made from dried grapes, squeezing the stems with long pliers to build up the sugar. After three or four weeks, Alex and his teams pass through the vineyard to check that the grapes are raisining. It undergoes a little skin contact and pressed straight into new and old barrels where it matures for 18 months without inoculation. Clear honey in color. The nose is very pure with honey, acacia and tangerine that is very well defined. This is nicely focused and pure. The palate is medium-bodied with a honeyed opening, a fine line of acidity and a precise, very focused finish with yellow plum and orange zest lingering in tantalizing fashion. - Neal Martin."

- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (November 2015), 94pts

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2014 Keermont Fleurfontein - 94 PTS - TA

2014 Keermont Fleurfontein - 94 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"One of very few world-class sweet wines produced entirely from Sauvignon Blanc, this is made using the cordon cut method and left on the vines for another four weeks to accumulate sugar. Fermented in Hungarian oak, it’s a waxy, spicy, hay and grapefruit-like sticky with 216 grams of sugar and a volatile edge. Drink: 2016-20."

- Tim Atkin (SA Special Report, September 2016), 94 pts

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2010 Keermont Fleurfontein - 92 PTS - eRobertParker.com

2010 Keermont Fleurfontein - 92 PTS - eRobertParker.com

wa92"A blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Chenin Blanc made from grapes dried on the vine, this 2010 Fleurfontein has superb definition on the nose with Sauternes-like honeyed fruits with great purity and definition. The palate has very good acidity and tension to cut through the 126g/l sugar, leading to a mouth-caressing, understated finish with honey, pear, quince and vanilla. Drink now-2016+. Keermont Vineyards is a bright star on the horizon. Owned by Mark and Monica Wraith, the first of their 27-hectares was planted only in 2005, located at 250-400m altitude in the Blaauwklippen Valley in the shadow of Guardian Peak. There is a very artisanal approach here, winemaker Alex Starey overseeing elegant wines that belie their intensity. I tasted the wines both blind and with Alex himself, before he rushed off with his surfboard. Importer: Kysela Pere & Fils, Winchester, VA; tel. (540) 722-9228."

eRobertParker.com (Neal Martin, August 2011), 92pts

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2010 Keermont Fleurfontein - 91 PTS - IWINE

2010 Keermont Fleurfontein - 91 PTS - IWINE

I Wine Review"High natural acidity gives the Fleurfontein a surprisingly refreshing character despite its sweetness. A honeysuckle, toasted nut, and orange flower bouquet gives way to a semi-dry palate of intense ripe peach, melon and apricot. Made from vine-dried Sauvignon Blanc (60%) and Chenin Blanc (40%). RS 126 g/l"

I-WineReview (Michael Potashnik and Donald Winkler, February 2012), 91 pts

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Producer Information: Keermont Vineyards

Keermont Vineyards is a family-owned farm located in a back valley outside of Stellenbosch, ZA. The name comes from Keerweder, which is the name of the former farm. A keerweder ...
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