2016 Keermont White Blend Terrasse

Year: 2016
Appellation: Stellenbosch
Country: South Africa
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 90
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"The 2016 White Blend Terrasse is made of 39% Chenin Blanc, 34% Sauvignon Blanc, 14% Viognier and 13% Chardonnay. The nose is shy shy with a mineral backbone and yellow citrus core. Soft and with a leesy texture, the palate shows a lemon pith and mineral dustiness. The finish has a gentle, waxy phenolic bitterness and lingers with complex, soft white spices. 13,616 bottles were made and it was bottled unfiltered.

Keermont Vineyards winemaker Alex Starey and I hopped in his SUV and trekked up the hill to look at his vineyards tucked neatly into the corner of Stellenbosch, where he pointed out his Syrah vines for the Steepside and Topside vineyard designates, which are located at about the same elevation on opposing slopes. The range of Keermont represents good quality with something for everyone." (WA)

"The 2016 Keermont Terrasse underwent a little skin contact and was barrel-fermented in 225- and 500-liter barrels with around 10% new oak for 12 months. It has a fresh bouquet of white peach, honeysuckle and a touch of melted candle wax. The palate is well balanced, considering that Alex Starey said it was the first vintage that endured drought problems (hence the higher percentage of Sauvignon Blanc), offering grass clipping, gooseberry and nettle toward the finish. Very fine." (VM)

Winery Notes:
A polished light yellow gold color, this wine has a bouquet of citrus blossom with hazelnut, lemon grass and butterscotch undertones. The wine has a soft sweet entry with a racy linear acidity. Ripe citrus and stone fruit flavors evolve into a lovely lingering dry earthy finish. This is a textured white wine with layers of flavor.