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Posted on: 2014-12-01
Posted by: De Krans Wines



5-star rating in the Platter SA Wine Guide 2015

For the 10th year in a row De Krans has been awarded a 5-star rating for one of its ports in the prestigious Platter SA Wine Guide – an outstanding achievement indeed! The De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2012 is the port that earned the sought after rating in the 2015 edition of this guide. A total of more than 7000 wines were judged by a panel of esteemed judges, who eventually only selected 50 wines for the coveted five-star rating.

Other wines from De Krans that received excellent ratings in this guide were:

Cape Tawny Limited Release Port 4 ½ *
Cape Vintage Port 2012 and 2013 4 ½ *
White Muscadel Jerepigo 2013 4 ½ *
Tritonia 2011 4 *
Touriga Nacional 2013 4 *
Espresso 4 *
Cape Ruby Port 4*
Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc 2014 4 *


SA Champion Port


De Krans Wine Cellar in Calitzdorp was once again awarded the SA Champion Port Trophy at the 2014 SA Young Wine Show. A total of 1 972 wines from the 2014 vintage competed in this competition with only 17 wines receiving champion trophies.

The winning port, De Krans’Vintage Port 2014 is produced using Touriga Nacional grapes and will undergo further barrel maturation before it being bottled in early 2016. De Krans winemaker Louis van der Riet says that 2014 was a challenging year with lots of rain in the summer. Slow ripening allowed for beautiful aromas of violets and chocolate with a firm tannin structure though, which will result in a port with excellent ageing potential.

This is the second time in three years that De Krans has been named at the SA Champion Port, after being awarded this title in 2012 as well. The De Krans Tawny Port and Vintage Port were named Class Winners, respectively, at the same event.


Best SA Port at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

The Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2011 received the Tony Mossop Trophy for Best Port in South Africa at the 2014 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. The same port was also the only port to win a gold medal at this competition, which included a panel of foreign judges and British Wine Masters. Two other port wines from De Krans, The Last Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2010 and Cape Vintage Reserve 2012 each received a silver medal. A total of 1 040 wines were entered for the competition, of which only 153 wines in total won gold and silver medals. 

Best Port at SA Terroir Awards

De Krans Wine Cellar has again performed superbly at the 2014 Novare SA Terroir Wine Competition with the Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2011 being named as the top port in South Africa at this competition.


Finalist for Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year

Our winemaker Louis van der Riet, was named as one of only three finalists in the 2014 Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year competition. This is the first time that a young winemaker from the Klein Karoo has been named as a finalist in this competition. Louis's winning wine was a maiden release of a red wine produced from the Portuguese cultivar, TintaRoriz, from the 2013 vintage. This very unique wine, of which there are just over 2 000 bottles produced, is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months before bottling. According to Louis, the wine has a dark plum-red color, with complex aromas of dark fruit, mulberries, cherries and spice, which is well complimented by vanilla and ripe, soft tannins and a long, lingering finish.


Tritonia, a SA Top 100 Wine

The De Krans Tritonia 2011, our flagship Calitzdorp red blend, was named one of the Top 100 SA Wines for 2014. It is a unique blend of three traditional port varietals, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca and Tinta Roriz. This wine is named after the beautiful Tritonia plant with colourful flowers, of which eight species are found in the Klein Karoo, the most complex and species-rich arid areas in the world. This complex wine with aromas of violets, cloves and red berries, has a lingering aftertaste and a surprising elegance. 


2014 SAWi Wine Excellence Awards

Our Cape Tawny Port was named the Best Port in South Africa at the 2014 SAWi Wine Excellence Awards. The same port was also awarded Platinum status, which is the highest award any wine at this competition may receive, scoring a minimum of 95 out of a possible 100 points. Since the inception of this competition four years ago only 32 wines have achieved this status.


RECM Best Value Cabernet Sauvignon

The results of the RECM Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting produced a very interesting result, with the De Krans Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 being awarded the best value rating of all Cabernets reviewed at this tasting. It received the 4th best score overall of 15.80. When taking the price of the wine into consideration, selling at around R55 per bottle retail, the wine received a value rating of R121.90 per bottle!


Orchards in full blossom

On Saturday,30th August 2014 De Krans hosted its first Spring Blossom Day at the farm in Calitzdorp. This time of year the fruit trees (apricots, peaches and plums) from De Krans and Calitzdorp are in full bloom, which is an amazing sight to see. Visitors from far and wide are invited to admire the blossoms up close and photograph this spectacle, with prizes awarded to the best photographs. A total of 504 Chenin Blanc vines were planted and adopted by visitors at the event. A total amount of R5 040 was raised and donated to Die Heuwel Play School in Calitzdorp, which will be used towards building additional classrooms. A market was also held at De Krans where the focus was on the ‘new life in spring’. Indigenous plants and trees, herbs, homemade products, freshly baked bread and of course, De Krans delicious port cocktails were available at this unique market. This fun day perfectly suited for the whole family will take place on 29 August. Save the date!


New website for De Krans

Please visit our new look website Not only can you order our wines online, but the website is filled with exciting news and happenings at De Krans.

De Krans Wine Club

You can now join our wine club which boasts exciting benefits such as huge discounts on wines, free delivery, free wine tasting and more. Check out our website for all the benefits and register today to become a member of our rapidly growing wine club. 


2014 Veritas and Michelangelo awards

De Krans was awarded two Gold medals at the 2014 Michelangelo International Wine Awards for The Last Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2010, as well as the Garden Route Shiraz 2012. The Cape Vintage Reserve 2011 won Gold at the 2014 Veritas Awards.

Klein Karoo Champion Private Wine Cellar

De Krans was once again named the Champion Private Cellar at the Klein Karoo Young Wine Show, as well the Champion Cellar at the Klein Karoo Bottled Wine Show.


Garden Route wines

The Garden Route wines, produced by De Krans from cool-climate grapes from the Waboomskraalvalley near George, also did extremely well this year. The Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc 2014 was named the Champion Sauvignon Blanc at the Klein Karoo Young Wine Show, as well as receiving a Platter 4 star and Best Value rating at the RECM Value Awards. The Garden Route Shiraz 2012 won a gold medal at the 2014 Michelangelo Awards and the 2014 vintage was the Champion Shiraz in the Klein Karoo Young Wine Show.


Our winemaker launches his own wine

Our winemaker Louis Le Sueur van der Riet, has realised his dream of launching his first wine under his own name, the Le Sueur Chenin Blanc 2014. The grapes are grown on De Krans, all harvested by hand, chilled and the juice lightly pressed, whereafter it underwent natural fermentation. This lightly-wooded wine, of which only two barrels have been produced, is available from the cellar at R110 per bottle.


Come pick your own apricots, peaches and Hanepoot grapes

It's that time of the year to come and pick the delicious fresh fruit grown at De Krans! Bulida apricots can be picked from 19 November to 3 December. On Wednesdays and Saturdays during this period braai meals, made by friends and staff of Vygieshof Home for the Aged, will be available by prior booking as part of their fund raising initiative.. From 16 to 31 December, visitors can pick delicious Oom Sarel yellow cling peaches and then from the second week of February to early March it’s the turn of Hanepoot grapes to be picked and enjoyed. Please contact us for more information and to book for lunch.


Enjoy De Krans’ port cocktails

Try the De Krans Cape Pink Port (first Cape Pink Port made in SA) and Cape Ruby Port (Platter 4 star 2014/15) with our own cocktail recipes, especially developed for both these ports. The recipes are on affixed to each bottle as a neck-card and are simple and easy to prepare. Also have a look on our website if you’d like more of these recipes, which have been developed especially by our winemaker.


Moscato is a winner!

Make the most of our beautiful South African summer weather with an ice cold glass of De Krans Moscato, which is growing in popularity among many wine lovers. The Moscato is a natural sweet, fruity perlé wine with a low alcohol, which can be enjoyed at a brunch, with dessert or on its own as an appetizer. This light wine has interesting aromas of honey and exotic spices and a lively, fruity aftertaste. Our Moscato is available at Pick n Pay and Makro nationwide, as well as several other leading liquor stores and restaurants.


Join De Krans winning team

Six of the twenty plots that were made available (which also include a share in the business) have already been sold. These plots are located between the vineyards of De Krans, each with a picturesque view of the Swartberg Mountains. Please contact us for more information if you are interested in becoming part of De Krans winning team and if you want to build your dream home among the vines of this profitable working wine farm.


De Krans wines are available nationwide

De Krans wines are available nationwide at leading liquor stores, supermarkets, restaurants and hotels. If our wines are not on the shelves of your local liquor store or on the wine list at your favorite restaurant, they can contact our distributors, Wine Worx / Vinimark (tel 021-883 9165), to obtain these wines.


Contact us at tel 044-213 3314/64, fax 044-213 3562 or send an e-mail to if you require any further information. Please visit our website at You can also follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter

We hope to see you soon at De Krans.





5-ster gradering in die Platter SA Wyngids 2015

De Krans het pas ‘n ongelooflike prestasie behaal deur vir die 10de jaar agtereenvolgens ‘n 5-ster gradering vir ‘n port van De Krans te ontvang in die gesag hebbende Platter SA Wyngids. De Krans se Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2012 is die port wat vanjaar hierdie besondere eer ontvang het in die 2015 uitgawe van dié gids. ‘n Totaal van meer as 7000 wyne is beoordeel deur ‘n paneel van hoog-aangeskrewe beoordelaars, wat uiteindelik aan slegs 50 wyne die gesogte 5-ster gradering toegeken het.

Ander wyne van De Krans wat uitstekende graderings in dié gids gekry het, is ons :

Cape Tawny Limited Release Port 4 ½ *
Cape Vintage Port 2012 en 2013 4 ½ *
White Muscadel Jerepigo 2013 4 ½ *
Tritonia 2011 4 *
Touriga Nacional 2013 4 *
Espresso 4 *
Cape Ruby Port 4 *
Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc 2014 4 *


SA Kampioen Port

De Krans Wynkelder in Calitzdorp het vanjaar weer die SA Kampioen Port trofee verower by die 2014 SA Jongwynskou. Altesame 1972 wyne van die 2014 oesjaar het in hierdie kompetisie mee geding waartydens 17 kampioenwyne bekroon is.

Die wen-port, De Krans se 2014 Oesjaar Port is berei van Touriga Nacional druiwe en sal nog verdere vat veroudering ondergaan voordat dit vroeg in 2016 gebotteleer sal word. Volgens De Krans se wynmaker Louis van der Riet was 2014 ‘n uitdagendejaar met heel wat reën in die somer. ‘n Stadige rypwordingsproses het baie mooi viooltjie- en sjokolade geure verseker met ‘n ferm tannien struktuur, wat sal verseker dat die port uitstekend sal verouder.

De Krans het ook twee klaswenners by die 2014 SA Jongwynskouverower in die Tanige Port en Oesjaar Port klasse. Hierdie is die tweedekeer in drie jaar dat De Krans se port aangewys is as die SA Kampioen Port, nadat dit in 2012 ook die wenner was.


Beste SA Port by Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

Die 2011 Cape Vintage Reserve Port het vanjaar die Tony Mossop Trofeeontvang vir die Beste Port in Suid-Afrika by die 2014 Old Mutual Trophy Wynskou. Dié port was ook die enigste port wat ‘n goue medalje by hierdie kompetisie kon wen, wat verskeie oorsese beoordelaars en BritseWynmeesters ingesluit het. Twee ander portwyne van De Krans, die 2010 The Last Cape Vintage Reserve Port en die 2012 Cape Vintage Reserve het beide silwer medaljes ontvang. Altesame 1040 wyne is vir hierdie kompetisie ingeskryf, waarvan slegs 153 wyne in totaal goue- en silwer medales verower het.


Beste Port by SA Terroir toekennings

De Krans Wynkelder het ook weer uitstekend presteer by die 2014 Novare SA Terroir Wyn kompetisie met die Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2011, wat aangewys is as die Top Port in Suid-Afrika by hierdie kompetisie.


Finalis vir Diners Club Jong Wynmaker van die Jaar

Ons wynmaker Louis van der Riet, is aangewys as een van slegs drie finaliste in die 2014 Diners Club Jong Wynmaker van die Jaar kompetisie. Dit is die heel eerste keer dat ‘n jong wynmaker uit die Klein Karoo aangewys is as ‘n finalis in hierdie kompetisie. Louis se wen-wyn was De Krans se eerste vrystelling van ‘n rooiwyn berei van die Portuge se kultivar Tinta Roriz van die 2013 oesjaar. Hierdie baie unieke wyn, waarvan daar net meer as 2000 bottelsberei is, is verouder in Franse eikehout vate vir 12 maande voor bottelering. Volgens Louis het die wyn ‘n donker pruim-rooikleur, met komplekse geure van donkervrug, moerbeie, speserye en kersies, wat goed gekomplimenteer word deur vanilla en ryp, sagte tanniene en ‘n lang, talmende nasmaak.


Tritoniaeen van SA Top 100 Wyne

De Krans Tritonia 2011, ons vlagskip Calitzdorp Versnit rooiwyn, is van jaar aangewys as een van die Top 100 SA wynevir 2014. Dit is ‘n unieke versnit van drie tradisionele port kultivars, Touriga Naçional, Tinta Barocca en Tinta Roriz. Dié wyn is vernoem na die pragtige Tritonia plant met sy kleur ryke blomme, waarvan agt spesies in die Klein Karoo, die mees komplekse en spesie-rykeariede area in die wêreld, voorkom. Hierdie komplekse wyn met aromas van viooltjies, naeltjies en rooibessies, het ‘n lang talmende nasmaak en ‘n verrassende elegansie.


2014 SAWi Wine Excellence Awards

Ons Cape Tawny Port is vanjaar aangewys as die Beste SA Port by die 2014 SAWi Wine Excellence Awards en het ook daarmee Platinum status verwerf. Platinum is die hoogste toekenning wat enige wyn by hierdie kompetisie kan ontvang, met ‘n minimum van 95 uit ‘n moontlike 100 punte. Sedert die begin van die SA Wi toekennings vierjaar gelede, het slegs 32 wyne nog hierdie prestasie behaal.


RECM Beste Waarde Cabernet Sauvignon

Die uitslae van die RECM Cabernet Sauvignon proe het ‘n baie interessante uitslag opgelewer vanjaar. De Krans se 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon het die beste waarde gradering by die proe gekry met ‘n waarde-gradering van R121.90 – dit vir ‘n wyn wat teen ongeveer R55 per bottel verkoop in die handel!


Boorde vol Bloeisels

Op Saterdag 30 Augustus 2014 is die eerste Lente bloeisel dag in Calitzdorp by De Krans aangebied. Hierdie tyd van die jaar is die vrugtebome (appelkose, perskes en pruime) van De Krans en Calitzdorp vol in die blom, wat dit ‘n ongelooflike prentjie maak om te aanskou. Besoekers van heinde en verre het die geleentheid benut om tussen die vrugtebome van De Krans te loop om hierdie pragtige lente bloeisels van naby te sien en te fotografeer. Pryse is toegeken vir die mooiste fotos wat geneem is. Altesame 504 Chenin Blanc wingerd stokkies is geplant en aangeneem deur besoekers by hierdie geleentheid. ‘n Mooi bedrag van R5040 wat hierdeur ingesamel is, is geskenk aan Die Heuwel Speel skool in Calitzdorp wat verdere klaskamers aanbou. De Krans het ook ‘n markdag aangebied waar die fokus geval het op nuwe lewe in die lente. Inheemse plante en bome, kruie, tuisgemaakte produkte, vars gebakte brode en natuurlik De Krans se heerlike port skemerkelkies was beskikbaar by dié unieke mark. Hierdie besondere dag sal weer op 29 Augustus 2015 aangebied word.


Nuwe webtuiste vir De Krans

Besoek gerus ons webtuiste wat pas heeltemal oorgedoen is. Ons wyne kan ook nou bestel word op die webtuiste en dit bevat volop vars nuus van wat alles by De Krans gebeur.


2014 Veritas en Michelangelo toekennings

De Krans het vanjaar twee goue medaljes verower by die 2014 Michelangelo InternasionaleWyn toekennings vir The Last Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2010, asook vir die Garden Route Shiraz 2012. Die Cape Vintage Reserve 2011 het ook ‘n goue medalje gewen by die 2014 Veritas toekennings.

Klein Karoo Kampioen Wynkelder

De Krans is vanjaar weer aangewys as die Kampioen Privaat kelder by die Klein Karoo Jongwynskou, asook die Kampioen Kelder by die Klein Karoo Markklaar Wynskou.


Garden Route Wyne

Die Garden Route wyne, berei by De Krans van koel-klimaat druiwe uit die Waboomskraal vallei naby George, het ook vanjaar hul staal gewys. Die Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc 2014 is aangewys as die Kampioen Sauvignon Blanc by die Klein Karoo Jongwynskou en het ook Platter 4-ster en RECM Waarde toekennings ontvang. Die Garden Route 2012 Shiraz het ‘n goue medalje verower by die 2014 Michelangelo Toekennings en die 2014 oesjaar was die Kampioen Shiraz by die klein Karoo Jongwynskou.


Ons wynmaker se eie wyn vrygestel

Ons wynmaker Louis Le Sueur van der Riet, het pas een van sy drome verwesenlik met die vrystelling van die eerste wyn onder sy eienaam, Le SueurChenin Blanc 2014. Die druiwe, verbou op De Krans, is alles met die hand geoes, verkoel en die sap liggiesgepers, waara dit natuurlike gisting ondergaan het. Hierdie lig-gehoutewyn, waarvan slegs twee vate berei is, is beskikbaar vanaf die kelder teen R110 per bottel.


Kom pluk jou eie appelkose, perskes en Hanepoot druiwe

Dis weer daar die tyd van die jaar om heerlike vars vrugte by De Krans te kom pluk! Bulida appelkose kan gepluk word vanaf 19 November tot 3 Desember. Op Woensdae en Saterdae tydens hierdie tydperk word braai vleisetes deur die vriende en personeel van Vygieshof Tehuis vir Bejaardes aangebied as ‘n fondsinsameling vir hierdie besondere instansie. Vanaf 16 tot 31 Desember kan besoekers heerlike Oom Sarel taai pit perskes kom pluk en die tweede week Februarie tot begin Maart is die Hanepoot druiwe ryp. Kontak ons gerus vir meer inligting en om te bespreek vir die etes.


Geniet De Krans se portwyn-skemerkelkies!

Probeer gerus De Krans se Cape Pink Port (eerste Cape Pink Port in SA) en Cape Ruby Port (Platter 4 ster vir 2014/15) met ons eie skemerkelkie-resepte, wat spesiaal ontwikkel is vir beide hierdie porte. Die resepte is bo-op elke bottel as ‘n nek-kaartjie aangebring en is eenvoudig en maklik om te berei. Kontak ons gerus indien u van hierdie of ander resepte, wat spesiaal deur ons wynmaker ontwikkel is, wilbekom, of besoek ons webtuiste om die resepte te kry.


Moscato is ‘n wenner!

Maak hier die somer die meeste van ons wonderlike Suid-Afrikaanse weer met ‘n yskoueglas van De Krans se Moscato. Dit is reeds baie gewild onderbaie wyn liefhebbers. Die Moscato is ‘n natuurlike soet, vrugtige perléwyn, met ‘n lae alkohol, wat geniet kan word tydens ‘n laat ontbyt, saam met nagereg, of op sy eie as ‘n aptytwekker. Hierdie ligte wyn het interessante geure van heuning en eksotiese speserye en ‘n lewendige, vrugtigena smaak. Ons Moscato is beskikbaar in Pick n Pay en Makrolandwyd, asook in verskeie ander toonaangewende drankwinkels en restaurante.


Word deel van De Krans se Wenspan

Ses van die twintig erwe wat beskikbaar gestel is (wat ook ‘n belang in die besigheid insluit), is reeds verkoop. Hierdie erwe is geleë tussen die wingerde van De Krans, elk met ‘n prentjie mooi uitsig op die Swartberge. Kontak ons gerus vir meer inligting as u belangstel om deelte word van De Krans se wenspan en indien u wil, om ook u droom huis tussen die wingerde van hierdie werkende en winsgewende wyn plaas te bou.


De Krans se wyne landwyd beskikbaar in die handel

De Krans se wyne is landwyd beskikbaar in toonaangewende drankwinkels, supermarkte, restaurante en hotelle. As ons wyne nog nie op die rakke van u naaste drankwinkel, of op die wynlys van u gunsteling restaurant is nie, kan hulle dit maklik deur ons verspreiders, Wine Worx/Vinimark (tel 021 – 883 9165), bekom.


Kontak ons by tel 044 - 213 3314/64, faks 044 - 213 3562 of stuur ‘n e-pos na indien u enige verdere inligting verlang. Besoek gerus ook ons webtuiste by U kan ons ook volg op Facebook ( en Twitter

Ons hoop om u binnekort by De Krans te verwelkom.




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