De Krans Touriga Nacional crowned 2013 Red Wine Champion

de-kranz-logoDe Krans Wine Cellar, situated in Calitzdorp along the renowned Route 62 in the Klein Karoo, recently walked away with the title of the Champion Red Wine at the 2013 Klein Karoo Young Wine Show. The sought after title was awarded to its Touriga Nacional dry red wine.

Besides being awarded Champion Red Wine, De Krans also walked away with the awards for Champion Chardonnay, Champion Shiraz, Champion Ruby Cabernet and Reserve, Champion Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc at the Klein Karoo Young Wine Show, as well as being named the Reserve Champion Private Cellar at the same show.

De Krans, already well known for its premium port wines, and last year, among others, clinched the title of  SA Champion Port at the SA Young Wine Show , as well as being the only cellar with to be awarded a Platter five-star award for a port in 2012, has done extremely well throughout this year in the wine industry.

At this year’s Southern Cape Bottled Wine Show De Krans was awarded with three double gold medal and one gold for their ports, as well as gold for the 2010 Tempranillo and 2013 White Muscadel Jerepigo.

‘I’ve been extremely impressed with the quality of fruit flavours and superb balance in the 2013 Chenin Blanc and 2013 Tinta Barocca Rosé, in particular. The De Krans red wines are dark in colour, and the Touriga Nacional has caught my attention with its intense fruit flavours of blackberries, violet and spices,’ says De Krans winemaker, Louis van der Riet.

The 2013 Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc, also produced by De Krans, using grapes from Waboomskraal near George in the Southern Cape, displays intense tropical fruit flavours, and a pleasant minerality, all characteristic  to the cold climate area of the area.

According to Van der Riet De Krans’ fruity, low alcohol, semi-sweet perlé Moscato, launched towards the end of 2012, has grown in popularity, and is the perfect wine for spring and summer.

De Krans ports and wines, which for the past two years have been the official wines of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, are available directly from the farm, select retail outlets and restaurants nationwide. For further enquiries contact the farm on 044 213 3314 or email

.       Winemaker, Louis van der Riet and viticulturist, Stroebel Nel, with the trophies.  2.       De Krans Touriga Nacional 2010
1. Winemaker, Louis van der Riet and viticulturist, Stroebel Nel, with the trophies. 2. De Krans Touriga Nacional 2010
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