Winemaker: Boets & Stroebel Nel
Grape varietal: Touriga Nacional
Calitzdorp is well known for quality wines and ports made from Portuguese varietals. De Krans planted its first Touriga Nacional vineyard in 1994 and made the first single varietal wine in South Africa in 2000. The continental climate of Calitzdorp is like the dry hot climate of the Douro valley in Portugal where these vines originates from. Planted in shallow Karoo clay soils with east-west facing rows and micro irrigation these vines thrive under the hot dry Karoo sun to produce berries of world class quality.
Grapes were hand harvested end February at 24o Balling. Bunches were de-stemmed, crushed and rapidly cooled in an open fermenter. Grapes were inoculated with selected yeasts to start fermentation. Skins were then pressed and the wine was left to undergo malolactic fermentation before it was racked into 4th and 5th fill French oak barrels for maturation in these barrels for 12 months.
Colour: Beautiful dark plum red.
Bouquet: Complex nose of dark berries, violets and cacao. Sweet dark cherries, white pepper and toasted oak.
Taste: Full, well-balanced wine with complex flavours of cherry cigar and violets, with a lingering aftertaste of dark chocolate and a smooth tannin.
Interesting unusual red varietal which lends itself to experimenting with food. Will go well with venison and ostrich steaks, roasted lamb shank and springbok Carpaccio.
RS: 3.90 g/l
Extract: 33.30 g/l
Platter Guide ‘14,’15, ’16, ’19: 4 stars
Champion Red at KKYWS ‘13,’16’ 17
Michelangelo Awards:’15,’16 – Gold
Top 100 wines 2016, 2017
SAWI Platinium 2017, Grand Gold ‘18
Vitis Vinifera Gold 2017
Gold @ Gold Wine Awards: ’17,’18
National Winner Terroir Awards 2019
CAPPA Top 10 in 2019