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 Estate known as Keermont Vineyards. 2005 saw the start of a major vineyard planting program on lands that had been fallow for a number of years. We planted 21Ha over seven years to add to an existing 8Ha of older vineyards. Our official maiden vintage was 2007 and in 2010 a spring water bottling plant on Fleurfontein was converted into a fully functional winery complete with offices, tasting room, processing facilities and barrel rooms. A tight unit of nine people run Keermont Vineyards. All work, from tending the vines to packaging the bottles for final release, is carried out by this small team to ensure that the same attention to detail is followed throughout the wines’ production.
Estate Owner: Mark Wraith
Mark Wraith lives on the farm with his wife, Monica and their four children. Mark plays an active role on the farm ranging from strategic long-term planning, right down to tending to the vines. Pictured on the right.
Winemaker: Alex Starey
Alex Starey is in charge of the vineyards and of making the estate’s wines. Employed at the start of the redevelopment of the farm in 2005, he enjoys the responsibility of making sure that the vineyards deliver the highest-quality fruit to create the best possible wines. Alex studied Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University and graduated in 2002. He has travelled and worked in wine regions including Maipo Valley, Chile; Penedes and Priorat, Spain; St Emillion and Cote Rotie, France.
Quality over Quantity
Keermont Vineyards is a small family-owned boutique wine estate. The farm is situated in naturally-formed amphitheater in the mountains above Stellenbosch, South Africa. With a total of 30ha of vines, small parcels are harvested by hand and fermented separately in order to produce wines with complexity & depth. All grapes used in Keermont wines are grown on Keermont Vineyards. They are fermented, matured and bottled in our winery, and they follow a natural and traditional winemaking philosophy. All the perfect ingredients to produce high quality wines.
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2016 Terrasse

93 points: Tim Atkin & 90 Points: Wine Advocate 39% Chenin Blanc | 34%Sauvignon Blanc | 14%Viognier | 13% Chardonnay A polished light yellow gold color, this wine has a bouquet driven by vanilla and butterscotch with undertones of peach and cut grass. Upfront fruit flavors of peach and apricot are complimented by hints of spice and green pepper as well as a touch of oak. The palate has a crunchy apple acidity which holds the wine together into a long succulent dry finish. Drink 2018-2027.


2014 Syrah

94 Points: Tim Atkin & 90 Points: Wine Advocate The Keermont Syrah 2014 has a warm strawberry red color. It has an enchanting bouquet of violets, dusty sandal wood and a hint of spicy red fruit. The palate is elegant and soft, and has a clean linear acidity. It has a strong floral character with spicy red fruit and hints of cherry sherbet. The tannins are dusty and dry and the wine has a long earthy herbal finish. Drink 2016-2026.


2014 Merlot

The Keermont Merlot 2016 has a deep ruby red color. Ripe red fruit and liqueur cherry aromas are complimented by classic dusty herb and thatch notes. The palate is dense, but soft. The wine shows good weight with dusty savory fruit character. Chalky tannins and good natural acid help to maintain a fresh elegance and a long, succulent dry finish. Best drinking: 2018-2028.


2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

93 Points: Tim Atkin & 91 Points: Wine Advocate Bright crimson red color. The nose is a complex mix of savory notes: crushed herbs, violets, sandalwood, leather and some lovely bright red fruit. The palate is fine and yet powerful. Lush spicy red fruit is complimented by blueberry and bramble notes. Powerful tight-knit tannin and a very linear acidity afford the wine a long succulent finish. Drink 2018-2030


2013 Estate Reserve

93 Points: Tim Atkin & 92 Points: Wine Advocate 36% Merlot | 27% Cabernet Sauvignon | 17% Cabernet Franc | 10% Malbec | 6% Syrah | 4% Petit Verdot Venetian red in color, this wine exudes complex aromas of sandalwood, ripe cherry, wild berries, and dusty ‘fynbos’. On the palate, the wine has a soft entry and exudes an array of ripe berries, cherry sherbet, crushed herbs and spices. Elegant but firm tannin affords the wine a long dry succulent finish. Drink 2017-2030


2014 Topside Syrah

95 Points: Tim Atkin & 93 Points: Wine Advocate Dark plummy red in color, this wine has a beautiful bouquet of black fruit with hints of violets, stems and white pepper. The palate is clean and elegant with a tight acidity and spicy fruit flavors with floral notes. The tight chalky tannin structure gives the wine a succulent dry finish with lingering flavors of red fruit, anise, fennel and a mineral saltiness. Drink 2018-2030


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