Still hot off its big win last year at the Old Mutual Trophy Show where the De Krans Tritonia Calitzdorp Blend 2015 walked away with the trophy for Best Red Blend (Non-Bordeaux), this Calitzdorp blend solidified its status as a top quality red when it was recently awarded a Gold medal at the Six Nations Wine Challenge 2017.
This unique competition focuses on showcasing the quality and diversity of new world wines. The other five countries are made up of Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Canada and the USA. Judges from each country select their respective country’s best wines to ultimately amount to 600 wines competing against each other. Each judge identifies 100 wines across 15 different categories (mainly divided according to cultivars) with a maximum of 10 entries per class/category. Australian judge, Huon Hooke, labelled the Tritonia as “elegant and intense” while Christopher Waters from Canada described the blend as “spicy, complex, layered & structured”.
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. This wine 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 (another South African favourite), are often left unexplored and in the SA context, arguably, a diamond in the rough. Available directly from the farm at R160 per bottle.
For more information visit www.dekrans.co.za.