Keet, First Verse 2019

(2 reviews)

Christopher Keet’s iconic ‘First Verse’ is his only release, and has been ever since its maiden vintage in 2009.

The grapes used for this Bordeaux blend are taken from prime locations across Stellenbosch, and then meticulously crafted into a wine that will age gracefully, but that has tremendous vibrancy and character in its youth.

His eponymous winery is run on the philosophy that ‘the art of viticulture lies in the focus, attention to detail and precision nurturing of vine and wine’.

96pts | Tim Atkin


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Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend

LightFull Bodied


The Vineyards
The grapes are sourced from some of the finest vineyards in the Stellenbosch
area including the slopes of the Helderberg, Stellenbosch Mountain,
Simonsberg and the Polkadraai area. An understanding of this special terroir,
meticulous site selection and attention to detail in the vineyards is crucial to
ensure that the very best quality grapes are brought into the cellar. Each
batch of grapes has been carefully selected for a specific aromatic profile,
tannin structure and texture to contribute to the harmonious complexity of
the First Verse.

In order to produce great wine, one has to develop a deep understanding of
terroir combined with precision viticulture. Winemaking I believe, should
involve the combination of tradition, modern technology, science, art and
The grapes were fermented on the skins to extract the grape flavours, colour
and tannins. Thereafter the wine was matured in the finest French oak
barrels for 19 months, blended and bottled.

The Blend
The 2019 First Verse is a blend of 32% Cabernet Franc, 29% Merlot, 27%
Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec.

Cellarmaster’s Comments
The Cabernet Franc adds the spicy, restrained elegance and fine-grained
tannins, the Merlot introduces plum and red berry flavours, while the
Cabernet Sauvignon provides rigidity with firm tannins and blackberry and
cassis flavours. The rich and ripe mulberry flavours of the Malbec are
balanced by the fresh red berry acidity provided by the Petit Verdot.
The 2019 First Verse is a fine reflection of this exceptional vintage with
harmony, elegance and power summing this wine up. Enjoy the wine with
poultry, red meat, seared tuna or matured cheese.

Wine Analysis
Alc 14.54 vol%, Residual Sugar 2.3g/l, pH 3.57, Total Acidity 5.8g/l.

Additional information


Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend



Wine Farm

Any type of red meat, seared tuna or matured cheese.

2 reviews for Keet, First Verse 2019

  1. Tim Atkin | 96pts

    ‘The latest in a run of brilliant releases from Chris Keet, one of the quiet geniuses of the South African wine industry, this is a seven-site Stellenbosch blend of predominantly Cabernet Franc with 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drinkable young,
    but capable of ageing well in bottle, this is a triumph over the tricky 2019 growing season, showing good texture, cedarwood, dark chocolate and green herb aromas, filigree tannins and tangy dark berry fruit. 2024-32’

    Tim Atkin 2022 SA Report

  2. Platter’s | 95pts

    ‘With almost equal cab, cab franc & merlot, dashes petit verdot, malbec from prime Stellenbosch sites, 2019 as fine as 2018. Characteristic freshness lifts & sculpts a mix of red & black fruit & almost weightless powdery tannins. At 14% alc, lighter than previous but keeps its compelling fruit intensity. 18 months in oak, 10% new.’

    Wine tasted by Malu Lambert.

    Platter’s 2023

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