The 2019 vintage was quite a challenging one at Keermont. The yields were very small, but the wines have turned out beautifully. Coming off the back of four very dry years in the Cape, the vines were taking a bit of strain. Winter rainfall was just slightly below average. Winter temperatures were moderate and perhaps not cold enough for the vines to break dormancy properly as we experienced quite uneven budding in Spring. Spring started off cool and wet so the disease pressure was quite high. From that point onwards, the vintage conditions were good with some Summer rains and warn temperatures without any major heat spikes. Harvest started on 30 January, but was interrupted by 40mm of rain the following week. This pepped the vines up for the final ripening of the grapes. Grapes were harvested in a very healthy condition although sugar levels were generally low and acidity was difficult to gauge
Keermont Merlot 2019
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The Keermont Merlot 2019 has a lighter royal red colour. Beautiful bright strawberry fruit nose with notes of crushed herbs, cigar box and cinnamon. The palate is fresh with a light, dry structure. A tight core of fruit exudes flavours of ripe strawberries with undertones of herbs and thatch. Soft chalky tannins and good natural acidity help to maintain a fresh elegance and a long, succulent dry finish. Best drinking: 2023-2032.