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Keet First Verse 2010

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.

Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse 2013

Thoroughbred.

Thorne and Daughters was started by John Seccombe and wife Tasha at the end of 2012. After growing up in Johannesburg, Seccombe originally started out studying maths and computer science at the University of Stellenbosch but later switched to … [Continue reading]

Trizanne Signature Wines Syrah Grenache 2013

Excellent everyday drinking.

Trizanne Barnard’s involvement as winemaker at the ambitious Stellenbosch project Anwilka between 2005 and 2008 suggested that here was a winemaker to watch. She subsequently went on her own, mainly producing bulk wine for export but also founding … [Continue reading]

Stellenrust “48” Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2012

Curvy.

Yesterday the Chenin Blanc Winter Showcase hosted by the Chenin Blanc Association – wines made in a “richer, fuller, riper style” which will make good drinking in the cold months ahead available for tasting. Even so, I would contend there’s been a … [Continue reading]

Peter Falke Signature Syrah 2012

Sock it to me.

Peter Falke Wines, the Stellenbosch winery owned by the German sock manufacturer of the same name, has remained pretty low-profile since its first bottling in 2003. However, the accomplished Rianie Strydom was recently appointed consultant winemaker … [Continue reading]

Strandveld Adamastor 2009 vs. Oak Valley Mountain Reserve 2009

Pair with spaghetti vongole.

As an aperitif last night, the Adamastor 2009 from Strandveld in Elim. With lunch today, The OV 2009 from Oak Valley in Elgin. The former a blend of 55% Semillon and 45% Sauvignon Blanc, the latter 81% Sauvignon Blanc and 19% Semillon. The former … [Continue reading]