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.
|Vintage:||2016||Grape Varietals:||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).||ABV:||14%|
|Aging:||fermented in seasoned French oak barrels and then spend a further 12 months maturing on the lees.|
The Keermont Terrasse is a white blend which derives its name from the terraced vineyards from which the grapes are harvested. The backbone of this blend is Chenin Blanc from a 40 year old un-irrigated vineyard called ‘Riverside’ and Sauvignon Blanc produced from a 24 year old un-irrigated vineyard called ‘Uitkyk’. This is complimented by Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier from younger vineyards. 2014 saw one of our main Chenin Blanc blocks, Low Road, severely affected by Powdery Mildew, hence the lower percentage of Chenin in the final blend than usual. Total production was just 13 barrels yielding 6500 bottles.
All grapes used in producing our wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. Small parcels of grapes are selected according to optimal ripeness and harvested by hand in the cool of the early morning. The grapes are vinified gently and naturally following traditional techniques. White wines are fermented in seasoned French oak barrels and then spend a further 12 months maturing on the lees. Bottling is carried out by hand without filtration. A warm, dry winter was followed by a mild spring with some good rain showers. This led to good growth and canopy development although budding and flowering were slightly uneven.Weather started to warm up and dry out during December. High humidity kept the disease pressure up and regular sprays continued into the beginning of January. Some very warm conditions were experienced through January with one three day long heat wave delivering temperatures of up to 40 degrees. Fortunately, we were quite well prepared in our irrigation scheduling and vineyards didn’t stress. Harvest started on the 8 February. Temperatures moderated nicely during February and into March with relatively few hot days. This allowed for pleasant harvesting conditions where blocks could be left to ripen without too much concern of the sugars increasing quickly. We eventually picked 105 tons over seven weeks. The grapes all came in with good chemical analysis and in a generally healthy condition with good flavor and phenolic development. pH: 3.48 TA: 4.8g/L RS: 2.6g/L TSO2: 82mg/L VA: 0.62g/L
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|SA1EE245029WBS||750ml||6||Glass||7 84585 01377 7||1 07 84585 01377 4||$26.95|
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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