The judging has come and gone, and the winners for the 2019 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show were announced at special awards event, which took place in Cape Town on 4 June. Of the 956 wines judged from 206 producers, 32 gold medals and 24 trophies were awarded.
For the second time in three years De Krans Wines was awarded the Trophy for Best Red Blend, this time for its 2016 De Krans Tritonia Calitzdorp Blend. The name Tritonia pays tribute to the beautiful Tritonia plant, with its colourful flowers, of which eight different species occur in the Klein Karoo, the most complex and species-rich arid area in the world. This red blend is made from a variety of Portuguese grapes, mainly Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz, with smaller quantities of Tinta Barocca and Tinta Amarela. This wine effortlessly walks the tightrope between being full-bodied and intense, yet still rich and elegant, with savoury, spice and dark fruit notes. It pairs beautifully with venison, ostrich meat dishes, roasted leg of lamb, or beef fillet.
With much attention gained for their consistent production of quality port-style wines and dessert wines, De Krans’ exceptional Portuguese red wines and surprisingly delightful classical range have at times been overshadowed. With South Africans being loyal and sturdy supporters of good old Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon (some will take the risk of a blend of the two), the elegance, structure and superb ability of the De Krans Tritonia to be paired with meat dishes (especially venison), are often left unexplored and in the SA context, arguably, a diamond in the rough.
The De Krans Tritonia Calitzdorp Blend is available directly from the farm or through select outlets nationwide, retailing for approximately R220 per bottle.
For more information on this award-winning wine visit www.dekrans.co.za.