Young Guns and New Wave Producers

Timed Online Auction, 17 - 27 November 2023

Young Gun and New Wave Producers

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ZAR 3 518
Lot 56
  • Keermont; Pondokrug Cabernet Franc; 2016; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml


Lot Estimate
ZAR 3 500 - 5 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 3 518

About this Item

Pondokrug Cabernet Franc, 2016
6 (1 x 6) 750ml

Straddled between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountains, with less than 30 hectares of scattered high-altitude vineyards, Keermont was started by the Wraith family in 2003 and was formed by combining 2 adjacent farms. Relaxed yet quality-focused Alex Starey has been in charge of the wines since redevelopment and planting in 2005, producing the maiden 2007.

Pondokrug – a ridge (rug) deriving its name from a shepherds hut (Pondok).

Critics Ratings

'One of the younger wines in the Keermont portfolio - it was first made as recently as 2014 - this is at the firmer end of the Cabernet Franc spectrum, which is why Alex Starey says it needs "a week in a decanter to open up properly". Floral, dense and focused, it has stylish oak, layers of cut grass and damson fruit and a fresh finish. 2022-28' - Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 94/100

'The 2016 Cabernet Franc Single Vineyards Series Pondokrug has a fragrant bouquet of pressed iris petals, brown spices and just a touch of shoe polish. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. This is quite a rich Cabernet Franc, and I would like to see more varietal character toward the finish. But it should age nicely in bottle.' - Neal Martin, Vinous, 91/100 (Apr 2021)

'Modest name (’Shepherd’s Hut Ridge’) for impressive, even stately wine from 1.8 ha on exposed slope. Elegant 2016 maintains fine form of previous. Similar juxtaposition of austerity & fruit-rich flavour depth, power more implied than overt thanks to firm tannin support, freshening dry finish.' - Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2021, 4.5* (91/100)

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