Surely one of the Cape's preeminent wines, the First Verse combines power with elegance and poise. Described on the bottle as "earth's poetry", you can almost taste winemaker Chris Keet's deep respect for the terroir of his selected parcels.

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   $ 59.00 per bottle

  • South Africa    Coastal Region    Stellenbosch

  • 30%



    Cabernet Sauvignon


    Cabernet Franc




    Petit Verdot

  • Alcohol

  • Oak

      20 months in 2nd fill French oak barrels
  • Production

      833 cases
  • Residual sugar

      1.64 g/l
  • Vegan

  • Award

      4.5 stars, Platter's South African Wine Guide
  • Award

      96 points, Tim Atkin MW, "Ask winemakers in the Cape and they’ll all tell you that Chris Keet is a quietly spoken legend who makes one of the best Bordeaux blends in the country."

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. 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.