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De Krans Espresso N/V

De Krans Espresso N/V


Winemaker: Louis van der Riet
Appellation: Calitzdorp
Grape varietal: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca, Tinta Amarella, Tinta Roriz, Souzoa
Background
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.

Vineyards
Portuguese varietals where planted in Calitzdorp during the late 1970’s with Tinta Barocca being the first to find its way to the Klein Karoo. Now Calitzdorp is known as South Africa’s Port Capital with these varietals leading the way. 30 year old vines are planted in shallow Karoo sand/clay on Buffelsvlei. Vines are trellised and micro irrigated.

Winemaking
Selected blocks are handpicked mid to late February at 26o Balling. Bunches are destemmed, crushed and rapidly cooled in a open fermenter. Grapes are left to spontaneously start fermenting after which at the desired sugar the fermentation is stopped by adding alcohol to the must. Skins are the pressed and the wine is matured in old 300 liter barrels. Before bottling wine from different vintages are blended in a tank and heavy toasted oak blocks are added to give the desired roasted coffee mocha flavors.
 
Winemaker’s comments
Colour: Dark deep red.
Bouquet: Beautiful aromatic nose of Mocha and coffee, dark chocolate vanilla with underling notes of violets and plums
Taste: Full on the palate with alluring red fruits, dried prunes and cocoa.  Well balanced tannins finishing with provocative roasted coffee bean flavours.

Food pairing
Great pair mates with most baked dessert or in a sauce over ice cream,
great on its own or a replacement for coffee.
 
Chemical analysis
Alcohol: 19.15%
pH: 3.90
TA: 5.22
RS: 94.80 g/l
Extract: 120.4g/l

Awards
Most Innovative Wine 2012:
Michelangelo International
Wine Awards 2012
Platter 3½ Stars 2014
Platter 4 Stars 2015
 
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Bottle PricePrice : R 59.00  
Case Price of 6Price : R 354.00  

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