Gob-smackingly good. On the nose, there's notes of ripe strawberries, blackcurrant, a hint of celery salt and attractive dusty, pebbly note. The palate is ultra-plush, broad in the mouth, with dark spiced berries, plums, orange oil and Christmas spice. Tannins ae present, but well integrated, and the finish goes and on and on. Released for the first time in 2021 from the outstanding 2015 vintage, Amphitheatre is Keermont's new flagship wine produced from the parcels that have delivered the best quality over Keermont's short 14 history, all planted around the natural amphitheatre that the farm sits. The blend will change each year, and the maiden 2015 is 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 22% Merlot, 17% Petit Verdot, and the remainder a little Malbec and Syrah, aged for 19 months in barrel and 5 years in bottle before release. Drink now and for many years to come.
Keermont Estate may well take the prize for most beautiful vineyards and views in all of South Africa. And yup, there's some pretty stiff competition! Nestled in a natural amphitheatre between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountains, their ambition is to produce wines that reflect the natural wonders of this exquisite place.
FROM THE PRESS
“The maiden 2015 Amphitheatre has an intense bouquet of dark cherries, star anise, camphor and wild heather scents, all well defined and expressive. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and fleshy ripe red fruit laced with white pepper and sage, fanning out wonderfully toward the finish. This is a beautiful maiden release, exuding breeding and class, from Alex Starey at Keermont. Drink 2022-2040, 95 points”Neal Martin, Vinous