De Krans scores a hat-trick with Tim Atkin
De Krans Wines in Calitzdorp is without a doubt one of SA’s leading port producers. This statement was reaffirmed when, for the third year in a row its Cape Vintage Reserve was announced as the Overall Fortified Wine of the Year by revered UK authority Tim Atkin MW, in his highly anticipated annual review of South African wines. This year the 2017 vintage took the honour, as well as scoring an impressive 96 points.
In addition three of their wines scored 90 + points each. The deserving recipients were the De Krans Touriga Nacional 2017 (90 points), Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (91 points) and the De Krans Tritonia Calitzdorp Blend 2017 (93 points).
Atkin, a British Master of Wine and accomplished wine commentator with extensive experience of South African wines, tasted a total of 2115 South African wines for his 2019 Special Report. 160 of these wines were awarded 95 points or more. According to Atkin the wines he listed in his report compare with the best of any other wine producing country.
The Cape Vintage Reserve Port is best described as a big wine full of ripe dark fruit notes of plum, mulberry and black currants. Well-rounded with smooth dark chocolate undertones and firm tannins are prominent in this port-style wine that would mature well over 30 years.