2014 Keermont Syrah

Year: 2014
Appellation: Stellenbosch
Country: South Africa
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Soft, with a mature edge of menthol, tobacco and loam notes emerging from the core of gently mulled plum and black cherry fruit flavors. The smoky finish lingers easily, if a bit shy on drive. Drink now. 1,176 cases made, 50 cases imported. -JM" (WS)

"The 2014 Keermont Syrah is blended with 4% Mourvedre and matured for 20 months in barrel with two rackings. It offers quite a bold bouquet with brambly red berry fruit, wild hedgerow and raspberry preserve scents. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe red berries, sage and white pepper, just a hint of garrigue (wild fennel and white pepper) towards the finish. There is a impressive detail in this Syrah, perhaps a little more body than the 2013 (a cooler vintage), and it should offer 10-12 years of pleasure.

Keermont Vineyard is one of leading lights of Stellenbosch, enjoying a rapid ascent under winemaker Alex Starey and all documented here in The Wine Advocate in recent reports. I asked him about current developments at Keermont. What's coming up? "We have evolved a lot in recent years," he answered. "We have planted a couple of new blocks of Roussanne and a tiny amount of Marsanne. Hopefully they will fit into the Terrasse, otherwise we will have to introduce a new blend. We took out an old block of Merlot that had been terribly planted at the time and was battling the conditions. The land is fallow, but we'll plant some more Syrah, giving us another hectare. We are nearly at our full capacity now of 100 tonnes and we will cap it there as we only want estate fruit. Other than that there are no major changes apart from selling in new markets such as Japan." It was another strong selection of new releases from Keermont. I was smitten by the 2015 Riverside Chenin Blanc, likewise the two Syrah labels, Topside and Steepside (perhaps there is a "Backside" in the offing?). These exuded complexity and sophistication, wines that will develop long-term in bottle, but convey a sense of approachability. Their sweet wine Fleurfontein is also exceptionally pure and mellifluous, perfect nectar to finish off a dinner. Exciting times lie ahead for Keermont." (WA)

"This wine opens with an extremely soft and delicate bouquet, offering faint hints of red plum and cherry. The palate is medium in weight and lightly creamy, with more fruity flavors expressed in notes of all-fruit preserves and raspberry sauce. It's framed by plush, velvety tannins and a solid dose of sweet oak atop." (WE)
,br/> Winery Notes:
The Keermont Syrah 2014 has a warm strawberry red colour. It has an enchanting bouquet of violets, dusty sandal wood and a hint of spicy red fruit. The palate is elegant and soft, and has a clean linear acidity. It has a strong floral character with spicy red fruit and hints of cherry sherbet. The tannins are dusty and dry and the wine has a long earthy herbal finish. Drink 2017 - 2026.