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De Krans Newsletter November 2017

Posted on: 2017-11-14
Posted by: De Krans Wines

It is that time of the year again. The time of year-end functions, asking your friends about their December holiday plans, and taking stock of all that has happened the past year. As always, the year has been one of many high points but also low points and it is important that we look back with gratitude while looking forward with expectation and excitement.

2017 in review: A golden year

De Krans 2017 In ReviewThis year has been a golden one for De Krans as far as awards go. Our Cape Vintage Reserve 2014 and 2015 were our star port-style wines, after raking in several top awards throughout 2017. The Cape Vintage Reserve 2014 won a Gold medal at Michelangelo, as well as a Double Gold medal at the 2017 Veritas Wine Awards. The Cape Vintage Reserve 2015 won a Gold medal at Veritas and was awarded 96 points (and walked away with the title of Best Overall Fortified Wine) by British Master of Wine and coveted critic, Tim Atkin, in his 2017 report of South African Wine. The Cape Tawny Limited Release also scored 92 points in this report and won a Gold medal at Veritas.

While De Krans has long been one of the market leaders when it comes to Port-style wines, it has also solidified its place in the wine industry as being consistently innovative and also producing quality still wines.  Our flagship dry red wine, the 2015 Tritonia Red Calitzdorp Blend, made entirely from Port varieties in the style of the new generation Douro reds, walked away with the Old Mutual Trophy for the best Non-Bordeaux Red Blend. This Portuguese style red wine was also awarded 91 points by Tim Atkin and received a Double Gold medal at the National Wine Challenge.

Other Portuguese red wines that excelled, were the Touriga Nacional 2016 and the Tinta Roriz 2016, that both won Gold medals at the 2017 Vitis Vinifera Awards. Our Free Run Chenin Blanc 2017, as well as our Premium White Moscato Perlé 2017 also walked away with Gold. The Pinotage Rosé 2017 also won Gold at Rosé that Rocks, a competition solely dedicated to celebrate the trendy wine style of Rosé wines.

The drought and 2018 harvest prospects

Since our last newsletter in May, we have yet to receive adequate rainfall to hope for a normal harvest in 2018. While areas like Gauteng and recently Durban, have received torrential rains, the Western Cape, including the Klein Karoo, remains drought-stricken. We have therefore decided to drastically decrease the 2018 crop on all our vineyards to approximately 70% of a normal crop. This will hopefully enable us to still get a good quality, but smaller harvest to ensure that the vines survive in the current drought situation, which is the worst in at least 100 years. At this point, we can only hope and pray that we get some good rains soon to alleviate the acute shortage of water.

De Krans Bistro and Deli celebrates 2 years in action

De Krans Bistro and Deli turns 2!Despite the low levels of rainfall, the De Krans Bistro and Deli has continued to grow and bloom and will soon be celebrating its 2nd anniversary, and what a wonderful journey it has been. We welcomed our new Bistro and Deli manager, Shannon Botes in March this year. With his good sense of business, innovation and eye for detail he continues to play a big part in contributing to the growth of the bistro and deli.

In July De Krans Bistro and Deli was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, based on consistent great reviews by visitors.  It is still rated the number one destination of all things to do in Calitzdorp by TripAdvisor. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you that visited us and took the time to write a review – we continue to appreciate any feedback and suggestions in our journey to make De Krans the must-visit destination in the Klein Karoo.

We launched the De Krans Long Table initiative in July, where the Bistro and Deli manager, Shannon, showcased his chef-in–training skills when he cooked up a storm every second Saturday. This lunch was then paired with wines of De Krans and guests were joined by either winemaker Louis van der Riet, or Cape Wine Master and Managing Director, Boets Nel. These lunches offered a unique opportunity where guests could interact with Louis and Boets, all while enjoying their three -course meal.

This Long Table Lunch will continue over summer in a different format, a Long Table Dinner, to be hosted once a month. We simply had to continue this Long Table tradition, and what better way to enjoy the warm, balmy nights of the Klein Karoo than with a glass of De Krans wine and a lovely dinner served under the trellised Hanepoot vineyard. Be sure to check our website for the dates of these dinners, as well as our brand new bistro menu, which includes a wide selection of Tapas, Hamburger sliders and even a delightful Calitzdorp High tea, with a twist.

New Release: Red Moscato

Right on the heels of the wonderful success of the De Krans Premium White Moscato Perlé, comes the launch of our 2017 Premium Red Moscato Perlé, a natural sweet perlé red wine. This ruby red perlé wine is a blend of 85% Muscat de Frontignan grapes and 15% Pinotage, with intense fruit flavours and a refreshing balanced acidity. On the nose, fresh tropical flavours of litchi and apricot are in abundance, with pleasing aromas of strawberries and cherries. The wine is fresh with a fizzy taste and a surprising, yet pleasant, exotic spice on the aftertaste. This wine is great on its own, or served with fresh summer salads, charcuterie or light meals. It also makes for an interesting pairing with mild curries. Whether you use this wine as an alternative for a bubbly, or with the curry potjie on Christmas, be sure to serve it super chilled (with an alcohol of 8.5% you can even have it with your brunch – mimosa’s are so last season).

De Krans Red Moscato

Cool for summer

Chenin Blanc is one of the fastest growing grape varieties in terms of sales in South Africa. Our Free Run Chenin Blanc 2017 definitely does this variety justice. Using only the free run juice makes the wine much fruitier and more intense with flavours of tropical fruit on the nose and palate. Enjoy this wine on its own, or with fish, pasta or salad. With a balanced acidity and a competitive price, this wine is easy to drink, yet complex and well-rounded.

De Krans Free Run Chenin Blanc 2017

One of our latest releases, A Twist of Fate 2016, has very quickly grown to become one of our best-selling wines on the farm. It is a complex, light-bodied red wine, with an abundance of plums and cherry fruit aromas and a savoury, spicy earthiness. It has subtle tannins and an elegant, lingering finish and is best served chilled in summer – really the ideal summer red wine! The unique story behind this wine is as delightful as the wine itself. Two grape varieties were planted only to discover a few years later, that these were not the varieties that we intended to plant. They were in fact Tinta Barocca and Tinta Amarela. So this wine is a marriage of two classical Portuguese varieties, which were both planted by a twist of fate.

De Krans  A Twist of Fate 2016

Another favourite for summer is our flagship Tritonia White 2015.  With the maiden vintage 2015 first released the end of last year, this wine has been very well received by wine critics. It got a 90 point rating by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, and also won a silver medal at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show this year. This unique wine definitely pushed our status as a quality Portuguese style wine producer to the next level. Made from two Portuguese grape varieties, Malvasia Rei (also known as Palomino) and Verdelho, this food wine is the perfect match for seafood paella, salmon and trout. The wine has complex citrus, floral and honeycomb flavours, with understated white pear aromas and integrated, subtle oak. The slightly lower alcohol ensures a harmonious wine with great length. Not only is it a beautiful bottle, but you will also impress your guests because white blends are quite fashionable right now.

De Krans Tritonia White 2015

Pick your own fruit

Summer brings with it so many wonderful things - long lazy days at the pool, sipping ice-cold De Krans Pink & Ruby cocktails, leisurely lunches and of course deliciously sweet seasonal fruit. Look no further than De Krans Wines in Calitzdorp for some of these summer sensations. During the months of November through to March De Krans invites visitors to partake in a farm favourite of picking seasonal fruit.

From 22 November to 3 December the Bulida Apricots will be available to pick at R6.50 per kg. If you prefer peaches best you diarise 16 to 27 December when the Oom Sarel Cling Peaches will be ready for perfect pickings at R8.00 per kg. Ending off the fruit picking season on a high note, don’t miss out on picking your share of Hanepoot Grapes from 7 February to 4 March 2018 at R7.50 per kg. These dates are weather dependent, and may change slightly at short notice. To ensure you don’t miss out on the fun activity suited to the whole family, it is advisable to contact the farm prior to your planned visit, to confirm the picking dates. Visitors can choose to sit indoors or outside in the shade of the trellised Hanepoot vineyard. There is also a playground for children, making De Krans a wonderful place for the whole family to visit this summer.

Love to cook? Win here!

It’s time to show off your cooking skills. What better time than the festive season to experiment with a wine other than a Shiraz or a Merlot? Our flagship Tritonia Red Calitzdorp Blend 2015 is a Portuguese style blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barocca and Tinta Amarela grapes. This serious, yet refined red blend has fruit aromas of raspberry, prunes and mulberries, with hints of dark chocolate and spice. It is full-bodied with flavours of violets and dark fruit with savoury notes. The wine is ideal with ostrich, game, beef fillet, or a roasted leg of lamb. It has very well-structured tannins with balanced and integrated oak – definitely a wine you can drink now, or keep for that special occasion.

It’s simple – all you have to do is make a dish to partner with the Tritonia Red, take an original picture of your dish and post it onto Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #dekranstritonia. The entrant with a photo of the yummiest looking dish will win a case of De Krans Tritonia Red (what better way to stock up for the family’s visit). The competition ends 30 November 2017 and the winner will be announced on 4 December 2017.

Want to join our wine club?

Simply go to our website, click on wine club and register - it’s as easy as that.
Being a wine club member, you will receive special offers on older vintages and new releases, and discounts. Become a member and place your first order before the end of November and your wine will be delivered for free.


We want to thank you for your continued and loyal support and we welcome any feedback that will enable us to make your visit to De Krans a memorable and valuable experience. We look forward to welcoming you and your family on the farm. Have a great festive season and summer holiday – stay safe.

Warm regards


Boets & Stroebel Nel, Louis van der Riet