The De Krans 1993 Cape Vintage Reserve Port was sold for a staggering R7 000 per six-bottle case (R1 167 per bottle, ex VAT) at this year’s Nederburg Auction which took place this past weekend in Paarl. This was the highest price ever paid for a wine from the Klein Karoo at the Nederburg Auction and also one of the highlights at this year’s auction, where R4.38 million’s choice wines come under the hammer.
According to Boets Nel, co-owner of De Krans, this was a wonderful tribute to the quality and especially the outstanding maturity potential of De Krans ports. This 20-year-old port, which in 1995 was sold at R35 per bottle, can also be considered an excellent investment with a growth of 3 334% over the past 18 years! According to Nel, this port has the potential to mature for at least another 10 to 20 years, because it still has enough fruit, combined with a solid structure that will ensure longevity. The De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve Port is always produced in the drier style with a solid tannin structure to ensure this good aging. This flagship port wines are released only in the best harvest years and are prepared in the traditional way of Portuguese grape varieties such as Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca, Tinta Roriz and Souzão.
Throughout the years De Krans has produced premium ports recognised throughout the world as well as awarded sought after accolades, such as the SA Champion Port at the 2012 SA Young Wine Show and several five-star ratings in the esteemed Platter’s Wine Guide.
Adding to its list of accolades De Krans was recently awarded three gold and three silver medals at the 2013 Michelangelo International Wine Awards, which were announced on Friday, 6 September. The three gold medals were for the De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2009, The Last Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2010 and Garden Route Shiraz 2011.