Keermont Cabernet Sauvignon (2020)
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Keermont Cabernet Sauvignon grows in our Cottage Lane Vineyard on the mid-slopes of the Helderberg Mountain range, in Stellenbosch. This vineyard is situated on the crest of a ridge (320m above sea level), meaning it is very exposed which results in small bunches with low yields. In turn, we can make a relatively fine-grained Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon. However, the clay soils translate to a wine with power, tension, and fresh acidity. We blend in a couple of barrels of other varieties to add to the complexity of flavour and tannin structure.
Winter temperatures at the start of the 2020 vintage were moderate with below average rainfall. Fortunately, we had a wet Spring which prompted the vines to grow strongly and develop a decent size crop. Early season was marked by fairly erratic temperatures with several heat spikes. These factors made farming quite tough with increased pressure from disease and insects and the vineyard team worked hard to prepare a good-looking crop. Mid-Summer temperatures were moderate although we did experience a short heat wave in January. This was followed by a gale-force South-East wind which hammered the vineyards. This resulted in the grapes ripening quickly and, although we started picking at a normal time, by 10 March we had picked all the grapes for our wines.
Dark ruby red in colour, this vintage has a vibrant bouquet of ripe red berry fruit, cassis, vanilla pudding, and a hint of dried herbs. The pallet is soft and rich. The tannins are round and gentle, while the natural acidity keeps the ripe fruit in check. Savoury notes of cocoa and cloves add character to the bright red strawberry and mulberry flavours which linger into a long, luscious, juicy finish.
Drink 2023 – 2035. Alc: 15.0 % pH: 3.74 TA: 5.3g/L RS: 2.2 g/L TSO2: 79 mg/L VA: 0.98 g/L