‘Keermont Vineyard is one of the leading lights of Stellenbosch,’ remarked Neal Martin in his last SA report and promised ‘exciting times…ahead’. We could not agree more. Every time we taste Alex Starey’s wines we are not only struck by their quality and refinement but by the incredible value they offer. The 2 wines that best capture this are his Keermont Syrah and Keermont Terrasse.
The Keermont Terrasse 2015 epitomises the Chenin-driven white blends that have re-energised the South African landscape. The 2015 is particularly fine with floral and stone fruit aromas leading on to a complex, textured palate with a dry and chalky finish. It offers a complexity often only seen at twice this price and demands time in the glass.
Alex is partial to whole-bunch fermentation and his non-interventionist approach with Syrah brings Rhône-like finesse and savoury tones to balance the trademark fruit purity of Stellenbosch. The knock-out Keermont Syrah 2014 is produced from 3 different Helderberg vineyards. Each brings a different aspect to the blend making this a multi-layered Syrah; a rare find at this price point.
Keermont, Syrah 2014 – R 215
The 2014 Keermont Syrah is blended with 4% Mourvèdre and matured for 20 months in barrel with two rackings. It offers quite a bold bouquet with brambly red berry fruit, wild hedgerow and raspberry preserve scents. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe red berries, sage and white pepper, just a hint of garrigue (wild fennel and white pepper) towards the finish. There is a impressive detail in this Syrah, perhaps a little more body than the 2013 (a cooler vintage), and it should offer 10-12 years of pleasure. – Neal Martin, Wine Advocate 90/100
Keermont, Terrasse 2015 – R 170
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, Wine Advocate 93/100