Winemaker: Louis van der Riet
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.
Food pairing:Unusual red varietal which lends itself to great food pairings. Goes well with venison and ostrich steaks, roasted lamb shank and springbok Carpaccio.
RS: 3.90 g/l
Extract: 33.30 g/l
2021 Platter’s Wine Guide 4 stars
2020 Tim Atkin (MW) SA Wine Report 91 points
2020 Prescient Minority Report – Top 10 Niche Red Varieties
2020 Top 100 SA Wines & Grand Cru National Champion