De Krans, Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2016 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Calitzdorp
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De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2016 was named Overall Fortified Wine of the Year in Tim Atkin's 2018 SA Special Report.

'A wine that wouldn’t look out of its depth in a line up of Vintage Ports from the Douro Valley in 2016, this is a superb, hauntingly balanced fortified that will keep for at least another two decades. Spicy, perfumed and dense with lovely violet and blueberry notes. Drink 2026-26.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 96/100

'Renowned ‘port’. 2016 has 74% touriga with tintas barocca & roriz - similar to 2015 (4.5 stars, 92 pts). Complex aromas (nuts, fruit, dark choc) emerge from inky depths. Plenty of flavour balanced by noble spirit fire & proud tannin. Long prospects, but approachable now.' – Platter's Guide, 5* (95/100)

'The Cape Vintage Reserve 2016 from De Krans in Calitzdorp is monumental. A blend of 74% Touriga Nacional, 18% Tinta Barocca and 8% Tinta Roriz, it was matured in vat for 20 months. Drunk over a good few days, it initially appeared quite closed on the nose and very dense on the palate with firm, grippy tannins. Over time, however, it opened up to reveal top notes of flowers and fynbos before black and blue fruit, cocoa powder, liquorice and spice. For all its power, it’s beautifully balanced and should last a long, long time.' – Christian Eedes,, 94/100
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Alcohol 19.3%
Variety Blend
Blend information 87% Touriga Nacional and 13% Tinta Barocca
Rating TA 96
Winemaker Louis van der Riet
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Producer information De Krans Wine Cellar is situated along the upper reaches of the picturesque Gamka River Valley in Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo. The rich and long history of the farm dates to 1890, when it was bought by the Nel family. The current cellar was built in 1964 by Chris Nel and his brother Danie. The first Portuguese grape variety in Calitzdorp was planted in 1973 at De Krans by a twist of fate. Chris Nel, father of Boets & Stroebel Nel, intended to plant Shiraz, which turned out to be Tinta Barocca, when the newly planted vineyard started bearing grapes in 1976! Now Calitzdorp is known as South Africa’s Port Capital with these varietals leading the way.
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