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De Krans Cape Vintage

De Krans Cape Vintage


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 an 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 12 months in concrete tanks before it matures another 10 months in 30 to 40 year old small 300 liter barrels.
 
Winemaker’s comments
Colour:    Rick, deep, almost inky purple-red.
Bouquet:    Beautiful aromatic nose of violets, red berries, vanilla and dark chocolate
Taste:    Full on the palate with alluring red fruits, dried prunes and cocoa flavours.  Well balanced tannins and acid accompanied by warm alcohol will give this wine great ageing ability for 10 years plus.

Food pairing
The perfect partner to most baked desserts or served as a sauce over ice cream. Excellent on its own or with well-matured cheese.
 
Chemical analysis
Alcohol: 19.0%
pH: 3.93
TA: 5.39
RS: 92.8 g/l
Extract: 122g/l

Awards
Platter Wine Guide: 4½ stars 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
 
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Bottle PricePrice : R 90.00  
Case Price of 6Price : R 540.00  

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