De Krans Wines, owned by brothers Boets and Stroebel Nel, is situated in Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo region on the scenic Route 62 and nestled between Ladismith and Oudtshoorn. For many, De Krans is still synonymous with their quality port-style wines, which they are traditionally known for. However, over the years they have successfully expanded their repertoire and now also produce unique and award-winning dry, red wines made of Portuguese grape varieties. This includes the Touriga Nacional and Tritonia Red (Calitzdorp blend). They are also pioneers of the popular Premium Moscato Perlé range, which includes their recently released Alcohol-Free Muscat Nectar. Once fermented, the mash is pressed in a traditional basket press. Maturation takes place with the mash macerated in concrete tanks with French Oak Barrels. Once ready, the wine is prepared for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is simple and classical. In the glass, the wine is an opaque bloodplum at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. The aromas are interesting. Apart from the expected whiffs of red and black berries, blackcurrants dominant. I find aromas of Karoo Scrub herbaceousness quite pronounced, and the oak in support of the whole. The palate is soft from entry to the long aftertaste. Rustic berries like roadside bramble and mulberries. Fine, easy to drink tannins and cherry tobacco in the ending. Great value wine.
The De Krans Basket Press Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is a wine for everyday drinking. Good glass on its own while you wait for the braai fire to be ready. It also loves food. I am very fond of soft dried Elberta peaches. Ina Paarman’s Kettle Braai Pork Neck with Stewed Peaches is a gem of a dish. Click HERE for her recipe.
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