Keermont Riverside Chenin Blanc

2017 Keermont Chenin Blanc Riverside - 93 PTS - Decanter

decanter logo 250"From vines planted at 250m next to the Blaauwklippen River back in 1971, this undemonstrative but utterly convincing Chenin needs a little time in the glass to unfold, like a fern in spring. When it does, you’ll find classic wet stone and apple aromas with a lick of honey. The palate is intense, deep and stony, subtle in articulation with a beeswax richness haunting its orchard fruit, while its vinosity brings food-friendliness. It's hard to better this for purity and classicism. Drinking Window 2019 - 2023."

- Decanter (February 2019), 93 pts

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2017 Keermont Chenin Blanc Riverside - 91 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"The 2017 Riverside Chenin Blanc comes from the oldest block on the farm, planted in 1972. It was fermented in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels and then spent a further 12 months maturing on the lees. It has a fragrant bouquet of yellow flowers, honeysuckle, Cornice pear and light stony aromas. The palate is well balanced with satisfying weight on the entry. I appreciate the waxy texture here and the pithiness toward the finish; hints of sour lemon, sherbet and light ginger/rhubarb appear on the aftertaste. Enjoy this Chenin over the next decade. - Neal Martin"

- Vinous (August 29th 2018), 91 pts

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2015 Keermont Chenin Blanc Riverside - 93 PTS - WA

wa93"The 2015 Riverside Chenin Blanc spends around 12 months in 500-liter oak barrels and around one-third new oak. Alex told me that he tries to buy neutral barrels to limit their influence on the taste and there is no bâtonnage. It has a very seductive bouquet of lemon curd, custard crème and a touch of vanilla, very subtle though and extremely delineated. The palate is fresh on the entry with lime, sour lemon and Cornice pear notes, the acidity well judged and demonstrating fine weight and detail on the finish. This is a thoroughbred Chenin Blanc that will offer a decade's worth of pleasure. Just 1,994 bottles produced, so grab one. - Neal Martin."

- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue #230, April 28th 2017), 93pts

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2014 Keermont Chenin Blanc Riverside - 90 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(a single-vineyard wine, from vines planted in 1971; fermented in new and used French oak, then aged for 12 months on its lees): Medium straw-yellow with gold highlights; conveys an unfiltered appearance. Wild aromas of orange zest, toast and hazelnut--even a note of musky butterscotch. Plush, nutty entry, then full, broad and bone-dry in the middle, with very subtle stone and soft citrus fruit flavors complicated by musky notes of oak and lees. Boasts serious palate presence, and a finish firmed and extended by brisk acidity. The creamy middle almost gives this wine a suggestion of sweetness but this rather sophisticated Chenin Blanc is about more than just fruit.- Stephen Tanzer"

- Vinous (May 2017), 90 pts

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