Keet First Verse 2010

April 23, 2014
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 4 Comments
Ode on pleasure.

Ode on pleasure.

Somewhere between the 2009 and 2010 vintage, Keets Wines became Keet Wines, to reflect properly the surname of winemaker Christopher Keet and reference to English Romantic poet John Keats therefore becoming more incidental.

In keeping with things poetic, Keet makes a single wine called First Verse, this being a Bordeaux-style red blend with Cabernet Franc to the fore. After the impressive maiden-vintage 2009 (see here) comes the 2010, total production up from 500 to 1 000 cases and selling for R285 a bottle.

A blend of 32% Cabernet Franc, 27% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec and the wine spent some 18 months in French oak, a mere 5% new. “I work with some special little pockets of vineyard and expression of fruit is my primary objective, says Keet.

The wine shows red and black fruit, fresh herbs and an attractive chocolate note. The nose is potent and the palate is rich and full but not cumbersome – extraction is well judged and there’s nice fresh acidity. Whereas the 2009 was particularly refined, the 2010 has more fruit succulence and breadth of structure. Luxurious but not ingratiating.

Score: 92/100.

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  1. wiebo vd meulenJanuary 13, 2015 at 9:33 pmReply

    goes with a lekker braai or a fancy pie! a lovely wine!

  2. LindseyApril 23, 2014 at 5:33 pmReply

    Where can this wine be purchased?

    • ChristianApril 24, 2014 at 11:39 amReplyAuthor

      Contact Chris Keet on 082 853 1707.

  3. James PietersenApril 23, 2014 at 10:50 amReply

    One of my favourite wines to suggest to customers at the moment. I find that both classically minded drinkers as well as those seeking some new world richness enjoy this wine. I would suggest decanting this wine though.

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