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Keermont Riverside Chenin Blanc 2019 is a stunning white wine from one of the most acclaimed wine estates in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Made from old vines planted in 1971, this wine showcases the diversity and complexity of the terroir, as it is grown on different slopes and aspects of the Keermont Vineyards. The wine has a light gold color with a green hue and a bouquet of citrus blossom, apricot, vanilla, and oyster shell. The palate is soft and light at first, but then opens up with pure fruit flavours of ripe peach, apple, marzipan, and vanilla. The finish is long and refreshing, with hints of salt and minerality. This wine is perfect for pairing with seafood, cheese, or salads. Keermont Riverside Chenin Blanc 2019 is a limited edition wine that has been fermented and aged for 12 months in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels.
Pre-Orders are expected in December 2023/January 2024
Alc: 13.0 % pH: 3.45 TA: 5.1 g/L RS: 2.1 g/L TSO2: 70 mg/L VA: 0.80 g/L
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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. 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 warm 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 and grapes were harvested in a very healthy condition.
Planted in 1971, Riverside Chenin Blanc is the oldest vineyard on the farm. Soils on the banks of the upper Blaauwklippen River, in which the vines are planted, vary from sandy alluvial plains with river stone to red clay loam as one moves away from the river. This patchy old vineyard, at an elevation of 250m, delivers very low yields of incredible quality fruit year in and year out. Like the old vines from which it is made, this wine has great complexity and character with quiet intensity.
All grapes used in producing this wine are sourced from the Riverside vineyard on Keermont. Small parcels of
grapes are selected according to optimal ripeness and harvested by hand.