Keermont Riverside Chenin Blanc 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Stellenbosch
R430
In stock
(Only 6 left)
96
CE
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.

Tasting notes:
'Part of the Single Vineyard Series, grapes are from a 1971 vineyard. A complex nose with notes of hay, apple, peach, a hint of spice and wet wool. The palate is wonderfully deep but equally not short of freshness – with layers of flavour, this really resonates in the mouth and provides plenty of pleasure.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 96/100

'Riverside isn't made every year - there was no 2016, for example - but what a wine it is in 2017. Now part of the Old Vine Project, it hails from a site that was planted in 1971 and is wonderfully layered and complex, with pithy minerality at its core, subtle oak and undertones of fennel and baking spices. A triumph. Drink 2021-28.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 95/100

'A polished light yellow gold colour, this wine has a bouquet of citrus blossom with hazelnut, with hints of cut grass, spring flowers, raw honey, and vanilla. The entry on the palate is soft and light at first, but then opens up with pure fruit flavours of ripe peach and apple and a touch of marzipan and vanilla. Lovely zippy acidity allows for a long clean textured finish with a lingering aftertaste of rich fruit and butterscotch. Drink 2020-2030.' – Winemaker

Alc: 13.5% | RS: 2.0 g/L | TA: 5.1 g/L | PH: 3.39

About Keermont:
Keermont must be SA’s most under-the-radar winery. Besides the wines being excellent and produced in minute quantities, we are astounded by the value they offer. Alongside Kanonkop, Delaire and Reyneke, Keermont is the only other Stellenbosch property to be counted among Tim Atkin’s 15 First Growths. Already recognised as a producer of benchmark Syrah, the estate is tucked away in the Upper Blaauwklippen Valley – an area of Syrah fame spanning Kleinood, Waterford and De Trafford. 'If you want to see the new South Africa and catch a glimpse of what the future beholds, then look no further than Keermont,’ says Neal Martin.
More Information
Condition New
Alcohol 13.5%
Blend information 100% Chenin Blanc
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Chenin Blanc
Rating CE 96
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