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De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve

De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve


Winemaker: Boets & Stroebel Nel
Appellation: Calitzdorp
Grape varietal: 87% Touriga Nacional, 13% Tinta Barocca

Background
DeKrans 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 terroirto 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 bunches are handpicked mid to late February from row selected vines in specific blocks at 26o Balling.  Bunches are de-stemmed, crushed and rapidly cooled in a small open fermenter.  Grapes are left to spontaneously start fermentation. At the desired sugar-level, the fermentation is stopped by adding alcohol to the juice. The wine is then matured in big vats for 20 months.
 
Winemaker’s comments
Colour:    Dark black colour with plum red rim.
Bouquet:   Very aromatic nose of ripe red berries and cherries, stewed prunes and dark chocolate. 
Taste:    A big wine full of ripe dark fruit notes of plum, mulberry and black currents. Well-rounded with smooth dark chocolate undertones and firm tannins results in n wine that would mature well over 30years.

Food pairing
Pair beautifully with most baked desserts or in a sauce over ice cream. Enjoyed with well matured cheese or simply on its own.

Chemical analysis
Alcohol: 19%
pH: 4.05
TA: 5.65
RS: 97 g/l
Extract: 130.1 g/l

Awards
SA Terroir Wine Awards District winner
Top 100 SA wines 2016
Platter Guide 5 Star 2016
Michelangelo Wine Awards 2016 Gold
Gold medal at Veritas Awards 2015
Double Gold medal at Michelangelo
Wine Awards 2015 (2012 Vintage)
Platter’s Wine Guide 2015:5 starrating (2012 Vintage)
Best Port Old Mutual trophy 2015 (2012 Vintage)
Gold at Young Wine Show 2013
 
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Bottle PricePrice : R 230.00  
Case Price of 6Price : R 1380.00  

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