The Keermont Merlot 2017 has a deep royal red colour. Ripe red fruit and liqueur cherry aromas are complimented by dark chocolate leather and mint notes. The palate is soft but elegant and refreshing. The wine exudes flavours of ripe red fruit with undertones of cocoa herbs and thatch. Tight chalky tannins and good natural acidity help to maintain a fresh elegance and a long succulent dry finish. Alc: 14.5% pH: 3.56 TA: 5.0g/L RS: 1.5g/L TSO2: 88mg/L VA: 0.66g/L
In the vineyard
2017 was a very good growing season on Keermont. Despite a drier than usual winter, we had strong growth in the vineyards during the spring time. This led to the formation of a good healthy crop which ripened evenly during the warm, dry summer. Harvest started fairly early, but was put on hold after a heavy rainfall. This perked the vines up and allowed for extended ripening which definitely raised the quality. We recorded one of our largest and healthiest crops yet.
In the cellar
Small batches of grapes are specifically selected according to ripeness, harvested by hand and vinified separately. This process is carried out gently with minimal intervention in open top fermenters using traditional methods only. This wine spent 20 months maturing in seasoned French oak barrels before being bottled by hand without filtration on 30 November 2018. A total of 11171 bottles (930 cases) were produced.
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