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

Deep ruby red color. Ripe red fruit and liqueur cherry aromas are complimented by classic dusty herb and thatch notes. The palate is dense, but soft. The wine shows good weight with dusty savory fruit character. Chalky tannins and good natural acid help to maintain a fresh elegance and a long, succulent dry finish. 

Specifications
Appellation
Coastal Region - Stellenbosch
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
86% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Malbec
Soil type
deep red clay derived from sandstone & granite
Vinification
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 20 months maturing in seasoned French oak barrels before being bottled by hand without filtration.
Pairings

Red meat, pasta and pizza.

Reviews and News

2017 Keermont Merlot - 92 PTS - TA

2017 Keermont Merlot - 92 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"It says Merlot on the label, but this is always a blend with other varieties - 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec in the case of the 2017. Serious and intense, with appealing depth and grip, a core of bramble and raspberry fruit, a hint of oak spice and plenty of structure and concentration. 2022-29"

- Tim Atkin (South Africa 2020 Report), 92 pts

 

2016 Keermont Merlot - 90 PTS - WA

2016 Keermont Merlot - 90 PTS - WA

wa90“Minty with fynbos nuances on the nose, aromas of sage and fern waft out of the glass of the 2016 Merlot, with a focus on plum and dark berry tones with soft oak spices. The palate is expressive with a soft smoky tone and espresso bean that lingers through to the mid-palate, showing a focused structure, energetic acidity and balanced tannins. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is focused and lingers long with precision and subtle green flavors. This is a delicious Merlot. – Anthony Mueller"

- Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, March 2020), 90 pts

 

2015 Keermont Merlot - 91 PTS - TA

2015 Keermont Merlot - 91 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"It says Merlot on the label, but there’s also some Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot in the blend here, bringing some backbone and freshness. Floral and quite forward, this is sappy and fine with filigree tannins, stylish oak and tangy acidity. 2018-23"

- Tim Atkin (South Africa 2017 Special Report), 91 pts

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2014 Keermont Merlot - 87 PTS - VINOUS

2014 Keermont Merlot - 87 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Medium red. Slightly high-toned aromas of redcurrant, plum, tobacco, peppery herbs and woodsmoke. Similarly a bit herbal, even tart, in the mouth but this is a smooth, easygoing Merlot with early appeal. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and lingering red berry and herb notes but lacks the depth for a higher score. - Stephen Tanzer"

- Vinous  (May 2017), 87 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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