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.