DE KRANS RED STONE RESERVE 2004, CALITZDORP, SOUTH AFRICA
De Krans Wine Cellar is situated along the upper reaches of the picturesque Gamka River Valley near Calitzdorp. The history of the farm dates back to 1890, when it was bought by the Nel family. Because of the similarities of climate between the Douro Valley in Portugal and this area, some of the classic Portuguese Port and wine varieties have been successfully planted here since 1985. The present owners and cellar master are brothers Boets (who qualified as a Cape Wine Master in 1997) and Stroebel Nel - the viticulturist.
De Krans was the first in South Africa to produce a Touriga Nacional as a dry red wine, made the first Pink Port, as well as the first perlé Moscato wine in South Africa. De Krans has recently been awarded for its innovation, winning the Most Innovative Wine Award for the De Krans Espresso at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards.
The area’s dry, hot climate is a constant challenge for grape growers. Rainfall reaches only seven inches a year, which is very far from the 20 inches that the vine needs!
This 2004 Red Stone Reserve is a blend of 70% Touriga Nacional and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and it is SPLENDID!
In the glass a dark midnight ruby red color with some rusty hues and the center is opaque. Elegant legs!
The aromas are explosive with very ripe blackberries, Mexican vanilla, ripe cherries, wet forest flor, and subtle oak. As it breathes, the nose becomes meaty and opulent.
On the palate, it is absolutely succulent and sublime! Full of violet and blackberry preserve. It is rich and voluptuous with the slightest taste of bitterness from the tannins and a lovely acidity. The finish is very long and leaves you with a mouthful of ripe red fruit.
Enjoyed this wine with a simply bbq’d striploin and roasted garlicky potatoes and it was scrumptious!