Agriculture in the Upper Blaauwklippen Valley can be traced back to 1694. In 2003, the Wraith family moved to the Western Cape from Gauteng and bought two adjacent farms. These two farms are now farmed as one boutique Estate known as Keermont Vineyards where wines are grown to reflect the natural wonders of this beautiful place.
The Keermont is the Estate's flagship red blend. The core of the wine is based on the original older blocks of Homestead Cabernet Sauvignon and Steepside Merlot to which they have added barrels from our newer sites.
Venetian red in colour, this wine exudes complex aromas of ripe cherry, wild berries, and dusty 'fynbos'. The palate has an array of ripe berries, cherry sherbet, crushed herbs and spices. Elegant but firm tannin affords the wine a long dry succulent finish.
The Keermont Fleurfontein (‘flower fountain’) derives its name from a beautiful spring on the farm near the Sauvignon Blanc vineyard from which the grapes are sourced. Produced by pinching the stems of the grape bunches while they ripen on the vine allowing them to dry naturally. The raisons are harvested a few weeks later and the syrupy juice is squeezed from them.
One of very few world-class sweet wines produced entirely from Sauvignon Blanc, this is
made using the cordon cut method and left on the vines for another four weeks to accumulate sugar. Fermented in Hungarian oak, it’s a waxy, spicy, hay and grapefruit-like sticky with 216 grams of sugar and a volatile edge.
The Keermont Terrasse white blend derives its name from the terraced vineyards in the Stellenbosch mountains from which the grapes are harvested. The backbone of this blend is Chenin Blanc from a 43 year old un-irrigated vineyard called 'Riverside' and is complimented by Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier.
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.
Keermont Syrah 2013 is a blend of three different Syrah vineyard sites growing on Keermont Vineyards: Steepside generally produces powerful full bodied wines with rich, spicy flavours. Topside is unirrigated and is usually a more aromatic wine with good structure and natural acid. Sweetwater is the coolest of the three sites and ripens the latest. Sweetwater Syrah is normally lighter and elegant in style with a herbal aroma.
Blending barrels from Keermont's two single vineyard wines with a third block called Steep Water, this is a wonderfully wild, gutsy Syrah, with 13% Mourvèdre adding more savoury grip. Textured and granitic, it's spicy and perfumed with a pot pourri of Mediterranean herbs.
Keermont Companion Merlot 2013 is a three barrel production of pure merlot from our Homestead Vineyard. This block grows on rich red clay loam soils at an elevation of 300m and has a gradual North facing aspect.