De Krans Wine Cellar, located in Calitzdorp, the port capital of South Africa, has excelled at the 2015 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards, whose results were announced on 28 July in Franschhoek.
The De Krans Tinta Roriz 2013, a dry red wine cultivar, was announced as the National Winner in its category at this year’s competition. Last year the De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2011 was chosen as the National Winner in the Port category at the same competition.
Adding to this year’s excitement two other wines from De Krans were signalled out as winners for the Little Karoo, Swartberg and Prins Albert Wards. The Top Port was awarded to the Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2012, and the Top Touriga Nacional was awarded to the Touriga Nacional 2014.
The De Krans Tinta Roriz 2013 (also referred to as the Spanish varietal Tempranillo) has already performed well in other competitions since its release. In June it was named as one of the Top 10 CAPPA Portuguese wines in South Africa, sharing centre stage with the De Krans Touriga Nacional 2014. At the end of 2014 winemaker Louis van der Riet was named as one of the three finalists in the Diners Club Young Wine makeer of the Year Competition for the Tinta Roriz 2013.
Van der Riet says the wine, which is a deep red colour, has complex aromas of dark fruit, cassis and fresh mulberries, beautifully complemented with vanilla and spice flavours. A full-bodied wine with soft, juicy tannins resulting in a beautiful finish. The wine was left to age for 12 months in 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels.
The Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca and Tritonia Calitzdorp Blend wines form part of a series of unique red wines from De Krans, produced exclusively from Portuguese grape varieties. Superb food wines and are best suited game and ostrich dishes.