Interesting that Calitzdorp has become the Port Capital of South Africa where some of our leading Port Style wines originate. We are not allowed to call it Port because of the geographical designation of Port has now been certified. Like the Port Makers in The Douro Valley in Northern Portugal, some of the young guns are now making truly sublime dry wines from traditional Portuguese Port varieties. The first Touriga Naçional grapes were planted on De Krans as recently as 1994 but mature enough now to make excellent wine. Calitzdorp, like the Douro Valley has a continental climate, rather than one which is marine influenced. The grapes were hand harvested and taken to the cellar for destalking and crushing and then fast cooled in an open top fermenter. After alcoholic fermentation, malolactic fermentation took place. Boets Nel and his cellar team then took the wine to 4th and 5th fill French oak Barrels for maturation for a year. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is an elegant black two piece. In the glass, the wine is a deep bloodplum red at the heart which pales out to ruby at the rim. The aromas are layered and complex. Red and black berries and Morello cherries, mocha, sweet tobacco. The oak and its concomitant spice and vanilla lead you into the palate, which is rich and generous and long lasting in the aftertaste. All the aromas are repeated on the palate where you will find a grind of white pepper and dark chocolate and lovely soft tannins. Impressive glass. The wine will reward after a couple of years of cool cellaring.
The De Krans Touriga Naçional 2018 is a wine which would like to be slightly chilled before service. Happy to be drunk as a glass on its own with its lovely soft tannins. Though a great food wine. Pork is a very popular meat in Portugal where in one village, Meialada several hundreds of sucking pigs are spit roasted each day. I have always been very fond of dried fruit. So often the fruits appears in wine flavours, soft dried apricots, Elberta Peaches, Apple Rings and of course Prunes. DriedFruitSA have a perfect match for this wine with their Dried Apple Stuffed Pork Tenderloin. Click HERE for the recipe.
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