Cartology is intended to be a picture of the Cape, seen through the lens of her mature vineyards, in a given vintage. Therefore, the cuveé is composed of rare and extraordinary parcels of mature dryland bushvines. Naturally, the varieties used are also heritage varieties, namely Chenin blanc and Semillon which have been planted in the Cape for centuries.
A total of eight barrels of hand-made wine, originating from the 2 Ha of environmentally friendly vineyards surrounding the Amares winery. The nose hints at dark-skinned berries, a promise of mint and other herbal aromas. The wine has a broad palate with an attractive mouth feel from ripe grapes backed by mature tannins and a dry cedar finish.
A vibrant and lively white blend made from grapes that were picked earlier to produce a fresh, fruity and lower alcohol wine. A delicious wine which shows great finesse and roundness on the palate and can be enjoyed as an excellent aperitif or lunchtime wine, endlessly versatile and best served well chilled.
This is an eccentric and warm-hearted red blend. A brilliant winter warmer and can be served slightly chilled during the summer months. Made from old and low yielding vineyards, the fruit displays excellent character and complexity. A Tinta Barocca based blend, softened with Merlot and spiced up with a touch of Cabernet Franc, at the end of a hard day, it doesn't get much better than this!
100% barrel fermented Semillon with 20% new oak gives intense, upfront aromas with flavours of nectarines and citrus fruits supported by subtle wood spice flavours. The wine shows exceptional balance of fruit and oak with a long, lingering finish. Excellent with a wide variety of foods, try this with risotto, shellfish or mild curries.
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.
In 2011, owner Richard Kershaw MW, established Richard Kershaw Wines to create clonally selected, site-specific, cool climate wine paradigms from apposite noble grapes i.e. ones with the ability to produce world-class examples. Benefitting from Elgin's higher altitude, ocean proximity, cloud cover, and a large diurnal range, this Chardonnay is restrained, mineral style focussed on elegance with a white fruit character, some oatmeal and complexity gained from percipient wood application.
Clonally defined, site-specific Syrah made from grapes sourced in Elgin. Subtle, precise style built on fine tannins that bring out harmony, freshness and flavours of black fruit, iodine, medicinal and black pepper.
Selecting the best clonal varieties for the terroir, and the characteristics of the wines, winemaker Richard Kershaw, seeks to produce wine that is a true reflection of what is in the vine and soil - delicate, fresh, structured and complex.