Boets and Stroebel Nel of De Krans Wine Estate in the Calitzdorp Wine Appellation have been a major part in the region being known for its Award Winning Port style wines. They have been pioneers too in the production of dry wines using grape varieties originating in the Douro Valley in northern Portugal, the oldest proclaimed wine region in the world. The first Port varieties were planted on De Krans in 1973 – the ‘Shiraz ‘cuttings were in fact Tinta Barroca. Later in 1999 a similar twist of fate occurred when cuttings of Tinta Amarela were planted, when the cuttings were thought to be Tinta Roriz. The next event was no mistake, and the De Krans Twist of Fate 2017, a blend of Tinta Barocca and Tinta Amarela was born. Does not surprise me at all that it took a Double Gold at the Vitis Vinifera Awards 2018.
The TInta Barocca and Tinta Amarela grapes for the De Krans Twist of Fate 2017, were harvested and vinified together. Once in the cellar the bunches were destemmed and crushed and taken to open top fermenters. Fermentation started naturally and the fermenting free run juice was racked off and allowed to complete both the alcoholic and the malolactic fermentations. Then followed a year in 300 litre previous fill French oak barrels. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is elegant, simple and descriptive. In the glass, the wine is an enchanting translucent red cherry in colour at the heart which pales out to garnet at the edges. The aromas, which are repeated on the palate, are of ‘sweet’ bright fruit, cherries and fraises des bois, fine Italian leather, petrichor and the gently supportive oak. Generous, yet gentle mid palate, with silken tannins and a soft acidity in the aftertaste. I have twice visited Portugal, once to co-write a book on Portuguese Wine, so I have had the opportunity to taste the wines of the well-known Douro Boys. I really liked this wine.
The De Krans Twist of Fate 2017 needs to be chilled for about 30 minutes in the fridge or an ice bucket for maximum enjoyment. I think of suitable Portuguese dishes like the chorizo flamed with young brandy, the wonderful sheep’s milk cheese from the Estrela mountains and the delicious Iberico hams from the blackfooted pigs at Braga. At home, it is perhaps the most suitable wine for you to acquire for Braai Day on 24th of August, braai being part of our heritage which is being celebrated on that day. A delicious piece of boerewors, a coriander season fat lamb chop, a fine thin cut of beef flashed over some really hot coals fit the bill.
The De Krans Twist of Fate 2017 is available from most wine outlets at a very evenhanded recommended retail price of R92.00 a bottle
For more information visit www.dekrans.co.za