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Garden Route Shiraz

Garden Route Shiraz


Winemaker: Boets Nel
Appellation: Outeniqua
Grape varietal: Shiraz
 
 
Background
De Krans 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 terroir to produce great quality Cape ports and table wines from a whole range of interesting grape varieties.

Vineyards
These vineyards are situated between the peaks of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains. Panted on a northerly facing slope, in rocky granite soils, more than 600m above sea level. The vines are Perold trellised and drip irrigated.
 
Winemaking
Harvesting takes place end April to beginning of May. The grapes are handpicked into crates and reach the cellar at about 15oC. Bunches are destemmed and crushed into an open fermenter and left overnight to macerate. Yeast is added and the juice is pumped over once every few hours. After fermentation the grapes are presses and MLF is completed in barrels. The wine is kept in 2 and 3 fill French oak barrels for 12 months before the best barrels are blended and bottled.
 
Winemaker’s comments
Colour: Deep dark purple colour.
Bouquet: Dark fruit nose of black currents and plums, cherry tobacco and fine white pepper
Taste: Alluring palate of fresh plums and spice with hint of vanilla and mulberry. Smooth well structures tannins and fresh acidity results in great aging potential.

Food pairing
Best serves with grilled of braaid steaks with creamy pepper or mushroom sous or
sosaties marinated in sweet/sour vinaigrette.
Also works well with liver pâtés

Chemical analysis
Alcohol: 13.86
pH: 3.38
TA: 6.4
RS: 3.83 g/l
Extract: 32.49

Awards

Michelangelo Awards: Gold 2012 Vintage
Platter Wine Guide 2014: 3½ stars
Champion Shiraz: KKYWS 2013
S.A Top 20 Shiraz (2011 Vintage)

 
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Bottle PricePrice : R 70.00  
Case Price of 6Price : R 378.00  

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