Keermont must be SA’s most under-the-radar winery. Besides the wines being excellent and produced in minute quantities, we are astounded by the value they offer; especially when considering that entry-level wines from the Northern Rhône cost about the same.
The Riverside Chenin Blanc, the only white, is from the stellar 2017 vintage. Stone fruit and poised ripeness follow through to a full palate. A steely and refreshing acidity brings it into perfect balance. A beautiful wine!
These are all produced in very small quantities.
Keermont, Steepside Syrah 2015
If Topside is Alex Starey’s Côte Rôtie, then Steepside is his Cornas, a hotter, north-facing site that produces dense, ferrous, almost bloody Syrah. This is grippy and firm with layers of tannin and firm, intense dark berry fruit. Drink: 2020-2030. – Tim Atkin MW, 95/100
Keermont, Topside Syrah 2015
One of the Cape’s very best Syrahs comes from a 1.7-hectare vineyard on sandstone. Made with 30% whole bunches, it’s elegant, subtle and poised, with lots of fynbos perfume and more grip than you think at first. Drink: 2019-2028. – Tim Atkin MW, 96/100
Keermont, Pondok Rug Cabernet Franc 2015
This is the second vintage of Keermont Cabernet Franc from this west-facing site on decomposed granite soils. Located at 400 metres, it makes focused, polished wines, even at 15% alcohol. Scented and refined, it wouldn’t look out of place in Chinon. Drink: 2019-2026. – Tim Atkin MW, 96/100
Keermont, Riverside Chenin Blanc 2017
Even though it comes from an old block, planted as long ago as 1971, this is the first release of this wine under a Keermont label, as it used to go to De Trafford. Apple pie and honey flavours are embellished with old wood and a savoury, leesy finish. A brilliant début. Drink: 2019-2027. – Tim Atkin MW, 95/100