Winemaker: Boets & Stroebel Nel
Grape varietal: Touriga Nacional
De Krans Wine Cellar is situated along the upper reaches of the picturesque Gamka River Valley near Calitzdorp. The history of the farm dates back to 1890 when the current owners’ great grandfather bought part of the first farm established in Calitzdorp, named Buffelsvallei (“Buffalo valley”) on the edge of the municipal boundary of Calitzdorp.
The first grapes were planted in 1936 mainly for the production of raisins and some sweet wine. In 1964 the present cellar was built and De Krans quickly became well-known for quality ports and Muscat sweet wines, as well as dry table wines.
The current owners and winemaker now take advantage of the unique Calitzdorp terroir to produce great quality Cape ports and table wines from a whole range of interesting grape varieties.
Calitzdorp is well known for quality wines and ports made from Portuguese varietals. De Krans planted its first Touriga Nacional vineyard in 1994 and made the first single varietal wine in South Africa in 2000. The continental climate of Calitzdorp is similar to the dry hot climate of the Douro valley in Portugal where these vines originates from. Planted in shallow Karoo clay soils with east-west facing rows and micro irrigation these vines thrive under the hot dry Karoo sun to produce berries of world class quality.
Grapes are hand harvested end February at 24o-25o Balling. Bunches are de-stemmed, crushed and rapidly cooled in an open fermenter. Grapes are inoculated with selected yeasts to start fermentation. Skins are then pressed and the wine is left to undergo MLF before it is racked into 3rd and 4th fill French oak barrels for maturation in these barrels for 12 months.
Colour: Beautiful deep, dark cherry red colour.
Bouquet: Complex nose of dark berries, violets and cacao. Sweet dark cherries, white pepper and toasted oak.
Taste: Full, well-balanced wine with complex flavours of cherry cigar and violets, with a lingering aftertaste of dark chocolate and a smooth tannin.
Interesting unusual red varietal which lends itself to experimenting with food. Will go well with venison and ostrich steaks, roasted lamb shank and springbok Carpaccio.
RS: 3.51 g/l
Robert Parker rating: 86 points
Michelangelo Awards 2015 - Gold
Novare SA Terroir Award: District award 2015
Platter’s WineGuide 2014,’15: 4 stars
Champion Red at KKYWS 2013
Silver at 2014 Klein Karoo Bottled Wine Show