One of the most popular wines from the De Krans estate is the generously-priced Moscato, which makes for a fantastic summer drink. (Lizé’s dad René acually says it is a breakfast drink because the alcohol is so low – and I like that line of thinking!)
What the Calitzdorp area is really known for, however, is its port, of which De Krans boasts several: Cape Vintage Reserve, Cape White Port, Cape Vintage Port, Cape Ruby Port and the oh-so-popular Pink Port. Port varietals have been grown on the farm since 1985!
If you’re like me, you probably don’t drink much port in summer, but De Krans has put an interesting spin on the Ruby Port by mixing it into a P&T (port and tonic) cocktail. It’s yum. You have to try it!
The present owners and cellar master are brothers Boets (who qualified as a Cape Wine Master in 1997) and Stroebel Nel – the viticulturist. Other great wines in their portfolio that we tasted include the Tinta Mocha (soon to be rebranded), Tempranillo and Touriga Nacional – all fantastic reds that will get you through any season.