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Keermont White Blend Terrasse
Keermont Vineyards
South Africa - Western Cape - Coastal Region - Stellenbosch

The KEERMONT TERRASSE white blend derives its name from the terraced vineyards on Keermont. The backbone of this blend is Chenin Blanc from a 48 year old un-irrigated vineyard called 'Riverside' and this is complimented by Chenin from two younger vineyards and varying fractions of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier.

A polished light yellow gold color, this wine has a bouquet of citrus blossom with hazelnut, lemon grass and butterscotch undertones. The wine has a soft sweet entry with a racy linear acidity. Ripe citrus and stone fruit flavors evolve into a lovely lingering dry earthy finish. This is a textured white wine with layers of flavor.

Specifications
Appellation
Coastal Region - Stellenbosch
Wine Type
White
Varietal(s)
39% Chenin Blanc (34% Riverside parcel - 26% Low Road Parcel and 5% Bobbejaan parcel), 34% Sauvignon Blanc (Uitkyk parcel), 14% Viognier (Cottage Lane parcel) and 13% Chardonnay (Low Road Parcel).
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. White wines are fermented by indigenous yeast in seasoned French oak barrels and then spend a further 12 months maturing on the lees. Bottling is carried out by hand without filtration.

Reviews and News

2017 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 94 PTS - TA

2017 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 94 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"Alex Starey is better known for his reds than his whites, but this cuvée of Chenin Blanc with 45% Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne (the last two included for the first time) is wonderful too. Very much a southern Rhône style, it's savoury and herbal, with notes of honeysuckle, stone fruit and citrus, deftly framed by oak. 2020-24"

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

 

2017 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 91 PTS - WA

2017 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 91 PTS - WA

wa"The 2017 White Blend Terrasse is a blend of 53% Chenin Blanc, 20% Sauvignon Blanc and 13% Chardonnay, with the balance a blend of Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. It has a citric nose with a mineral edge that gives aromas of lemon blossoms and white spices. The palate is lively with a rich texture and structured mouthfeel, with a soft, spicy finish that lingers with fresh citrus and good mineral tension. 13,919 bottles were made, which will be released in December of 2019. At this price point, you can purchase a few bottles for your cellar. - Anthony Mueller"

- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #245, October 2019), 91 pts

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2016 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 91 PTS - IWR

2016 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 91 PTS - IWR

i winereview logo"Always a crowd pleaser, the Terrasse shows very appealing white stone fruit, lemon curd and floral scents. Softly textured with good backbone and firm acidity complementing riper stone fruit and citrus flavors. A blend of 39% Chenin Blanc, 34% Sauvignon blanc, 14% Viognier and 13% Chardonnay fermented and aged in used 500L barrels for 12 months. Lees stirred only during fermentation then left to sit on the lees.13% alc."

- International Wine Review (January 2019), 91 pts

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2016 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 90 PTS - VINOUS

2016 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 90 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"The 2016 Keermont Terrasse underwent a little skin contact and was barrel-fermented in 225- and 500-liter barrels with around 10% new oak for 12 months. It has a fresh bouquet of white peach, honeysuckle and a touch of melted candle wax. The palate is well balanced, considering that Alex Starey said it was the first vintage that endured drought problems (hence the higher percentage of Sauvignon Blanc), offering grass clipping, gooseberry and nettle toward the finish. Very fine. - Neal Martin"

- Vinous (August 28th 2018), 90 pts

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2015 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 93 PTS - WA

2015 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 93 PTS - WA

wa93"The 2015 White Blend Terrasse comprises 56% Chenin Blanc, 17% Viognier, 14% Sauvignon Blanc and 13% Chardonnay, raised for 12 months in French oak. It has quite an aromatic bouquet of white peach, freshly sliced grapefruit and a touch of lychee, all well defined and vivacious. The palate is very well balanced with a slightly resinous, waxy opening, the Viognier here making its presence felt. There is a pleasant salinity on the finish with a gorgeous brightness and tension. This is a strong follow-up to the outstanding 2014.- Neal Martin"

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

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2015 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 93 PTS - TA

2015 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 93 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"The Viognier component of this Chenin Blanc-based blend with Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay was increased to 17% in 2015, but it was also picked earlier to retain acidity. The result is a very harmonious cuvee: rose water, aniseed, tangerine, some stone fruit and a tangy, refreshing finish. 2017-21"

- Tim Atkin (South Africa 2017 Special Report), 93 pts

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2015 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 93 PTS - Editors' Choice - WE

2015 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 93 PTS - Editors' Choice - WE

 wine enthusiast 93 pts

- Wine Enthusiast (March 2018), 93 pts - Editors' Choice

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2015 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 92 PTS - WS

2015 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 92 PTS - WS

wine spectator 92 pts"This bristles with quinine, mirabelle plum, blanched almond and lemon pith notes, while crackling acidity runs underneath. Rich melon and yellow apple details fill in through the finish, adding bass to match the treble. Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Drink now through 2019. 625 cases made.–JM"

- Wine Spectator (May 31st 2017), 92 pts

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2015 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 89 PTS - VINOUS

2015 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 89 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Bright silver-yellow. Reticent aromas of peach, citrus peel and anise, with a touch of floral character. Supple and fairly rich in the mouth, but doesn't quite come alive today. Lacks the acidity for real cut and lift. Finishes dry and firm, though.- Stephen Tanzer"

- Vinous (May 2017), 89 pts

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2014 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 94 PTS - TA

2014 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 94 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"Showing a little more bite and freshness than the richer, softer 2013 did at the same stage, this assemblage of Chenin Blanc with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier is a floral, savoury, seamless blend with nuanced oak undertones, nutmeg spice, leesy texture and remarkable length. Drink: 2016-19"

- Tim Atkin (September 2016), 94 pts

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2014 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 93 PTS - WA

2014 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 93 PTS - WA

wa93"Keermont's 2014 White Blend Terrasse is 65% Chenin Blanc, 13% Chardonnay, 17% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Viognier, fermented in French oak barrels and matured for 12 months on the lees, with a small part in stainless steel. Here we have a different set of aromatics to the 2010 and 2011. It is more tensile than I recollect previous vintages at this stage - orange blossom, touch of tangerine and honeysuckle. The palate is class, pure class. Winemaker Alex Starey has nailed the acidity here and imparted wonderful tension and poise. This is one of the purest "Terrasse" that I have encountered at this earlier stage and it will be a job to see how this develops in bottle. - Neal Martin"

- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (November 2015), 93 pts

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2014 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 90 PTS - WS

2014 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 90 PTS - WS

wine spectator 90 pts"Offers a ripe feel, with creamed melon, lemon shortbread and white ginger notes forming the core. Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier. Drink now through 2018.—J.M."

- Wine Spectator's Insider (June 25th 2016), 90 pts

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2014 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 90 PTS - W&S

2014 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 90 PTS - W&S

wine and spirits logo 250

"This blend is based on chenin blanc (65 percent, the majority of it planted in 1971) with sauvignon, chardonnay and viognier adding dimension. It’s solidly built, most of it fermented and aged in older oak, but the wine is not overtly phenolic, with clean pear-like flavor on the surface and a gravelly tension underneath. Notes of beeswax bring it back to chenin, the flavors lingering and tightly focused. Pour it with a lemony roast chicken."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (June 2016), 90 pts

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2013 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 94 PTS - Tim Atkin Master Wine

2013 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 94 PTS - Tim Atkin Master Wine

tim atkin logo 250"Alex Starey's white blend is a four-way assemblage between mostly Chenin, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, with a splash of Viognier for perfume. Wild yeast fermented in old oak, it's a complex, savoury white with some grape skin tannins, pithy acidity, apple and stone fruit flavours and a touch of glycerol sweetness. Drink: 2014-17"
- Tim Atkin Master Wine (August 2014), 94 pts

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2012 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 90 PTS - eRobertParker.com

2012 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 90 PTS - eRobertParker.com

wa90"The 2012 Terrasse is a blend of 31% Chenin Blanc, 30% Chardonnay, 30% Sauvignon Blanc and 9% Viognier that sees 12 months in 225-liter and 500-liter barrels. It has a pleasant bouquet with yellow plum, apricot and lemon curd scents that harken toward the southern Rhone. The palate is well-balanced with a vibrant entry, effervescent orange peel and tangerine notes and a soft creamy finish. This is very harmonious and attests to very astute blending of varieties in the cellar. The bottom line is – delicious. Drink now-2017. - NM"

eRobertParker.com (Issue# 209, October 2013), 90 pts

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2011 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 93 PTS - eRobertParker.com

2011 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 93 PTS - eRobertParker.com

wa93"The 2011 White Blend Terrasse is 60% Chenin Blanc, 20% Chardonnay and for the first time, 15% Sauvignon Blanc from an old block on the farm with a little barrel ferment, plus 5% Viognier. As usual it is raised in used barrels. It displays wonderful precision on the nose with subtle notes of pink grapefruit, dew-speckled pear, peach and a touch of lanolin. It has great clarity on the entry, the oak well defined with great weight and a smooth harmonious orange zest and dried apricot tinged finish. This is one classy Stellenbosch white to cherish. Drink now-2018. Keermont was one of the most impressive Stellenbosch wines that I encountered during my trip last year – once I could entice winemaker Alex Starey away from his surfboard. Fortunately, when not riding waves he continues to find time making his superb wines."

eRobertParker.com (Neal Martin, Issue# 204, December 2012), 93 pts

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2011 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 91 PTS - WS

2011 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 91 PTS - WS

Wine Spectator 91 Pts"Lush, opulent and inviting, offering creamed peach, melon and heather notes lined with toasted hazelnut and warm pie-crust accents. Stays focused and defined, with a long, alluring finish. Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. Drink now through 2014. 145 cases made. –JM"

Wine Spectator (June 2013), 91 pts

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2011 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 90 PTS - IWC

2011 Keermont White Blend Terrasse - 90 PTS - IWC

Tanzer International Wine Cellar 90 Pts"Bright gold-tinged yellow. Sexy, high-toned aromas of orange blossom, honey, spices, toast and lees; I get a hint of noble rot. Then rich, spicy and generous on the palate, with peach and spice flavors conveying a strong impression of dusty extract. This distinctly dry, substantial wine shows good energy and incipient complexity, closing with a honeyed aftertaste."

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (issue 168, May/June 2013), 90 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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