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De Krans Tritonia

De Krans Tritonia


Winemaker: Louis van der Riet
Appellation: Calitzdorp
Grape varietal: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarella, Souzao
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.

This flagship wine is a tribute to the beautiful Tritonia, with its colorful flowers, of which eight different species occur in the Klein Karoo, the most complex and species rich arid area in the world.

Vineyards
Portuguese varieties were planted in Calitzdorp during the early 1970’s with Tinta Barocca being the first to find its way to the Klein Karoo. The shallow soil and continental climate of Calitzdorp, very similar to that of the Douro valley in Portugal, is ideal for growing these unique varieties.   All vines are micro irrigated on VSP trellising systems to ensure the best quality fruit possible.

Winemaking
Selected grapes are handpicked at 24.5º Balling.  Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barocca grapes are vinified separately in open fermenters until fermentation has stopped.  Skins are then pressed and the wine is left to undergo malolactic fermentation in concrete tanks.  After malolactic fermentation the wine pumped into 2nd and 3rd fill French Oak barrels and left to mature for 12 months.  After ageing the best barrels are meticulously selected and the blend is made from these.
 
Winemaker’s comments
Colour:    Dark red plum
Bouquet:    Full fruit aromas of raspberry, prunes and mulberries, with hints of dark chocolate and spice.  
Taste:     Full Bodied with flavours of violets and dark fruit with savoury notes.   Well structured tannins and balanced integrated oak.  Superb aging potential.

Food pairing
Works beautifully with venison and ostrich steaks or ostrich pies, roasted leg of lamb or beef fillet.

Chemical analysis
Alcohol: 13.68%
pH: 3.65
TA: 5.75
RS: 3.6 g/l
Extract: 34.96

Awards
Parker 90 points (2013 Vintage)
Platter 4 star – 2014, 2016
CAPPA Top 10 – 2014 vintage
Top 100 SA Wines 2014 (2011 vintage)
 
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Bottle PricePrice : R 160.00  
Case Price of 6Price : R 864.00  

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