36% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec, 6% Syrah, 4% Petit Verdot
22 months maturing in French oak barrels (20% new)
4800 bottles and 50 magnum bottles
All grapes are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Most of the vineyard parcels grow on deep red clay rich soil derived from sandstone and granite and are surrounded by indigenous vegetation. They lie between 250 and 400 meters above sea level in the valley between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountain ranges and have a variety of aspects from North East to West facing.
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 22 months maturing in French oak barrels (20% new) before being bottled by hand without filtration on 22 December 2014. 8802 bottles and 50 magnums were produced. The Keermont Estate Reserve is bottle aged in our cellar for 12 to 24 months before release.
Generally, 2013 was a very good growing season. It started with a cold and wet winter and wet spring. We faced the usual challenges at budburst with the mountain wildlife feeding on the young buds as well as strong winds and even a serious hailstorm. Things were going well until the end of November when we were hammered by three consecutive days of ferocious Easterly winds. The vines were completely sandblasted losing leaves, bunches and shoots in the process. We estimated about sixty per cent of our crop was lost to the wind as can be seen in the block yields table. Our average yield was less than 2 tons per Hectare! The rest of the season was focussed on nursing the vines back to health and trying to protect the remaining crop.
Dry weather during the midseason punctuated by heat spikes led to harvest starting early. Heavy rain increased the disease pressure and we had to harvest the white grapes quickly to avoid loss to rot. Ripening slowed considerably after the rain and we could harvest the grapes which had survived the wind under relatively calm conditions. We eventually processed 32 tons of grapes in the winery.