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The harvest has just finished, but the members are already collecting accolades and releasing new wines! The 2016 harvest would be remembered for record tonnage at some cellars, good quality grapes, fruity white wines and red wines with intense colour.

Two Top 100 SA Wines from De Krans

Two wines from the De Krans portfolio have been included in the list of wines for the 2016 Top 100 SA Wines. The wines securing a spot on the sought after list are the De Krans Touriga Nacional 2014 and De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2013.

The De Krans Touriga Nacional 2014 is produced from grapes grown on the farm and aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. A deep dark colour the port displays intense fruit flavours of blackberries, violets and spice.

Produced from several Portuguese varieties, and aged in oak for 22 months before bottling, the De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2013, according to winemaker Louis van der Riet will reach its optimal drinking potential if left to age for a further 20 to 30 years. A port described as being a dark deep red, Louis feels it shows a beautiful aromatic nose of violets, red berries, vanilla and dark chocolate. On the palate you’ll be met with alluring red fruits, dried prunes and cocoa flavours.

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Platinum Top 100 SA Wines for Boplaas

The Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2013 was included in the Top 100 SA Wines awards 2016, along with joint first place for wine consistency between 2011 – 2016, which is a top result for this family run winery of the Klein Karoo in Calitzdorp.

The sixth iteration of the Top 100 SA Wines with tasting panel – including Master if Wine, world renowned independent judges and expert winemakers – attracted more than 500 entries. The Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2013 won a double platinum medal, was included in the Top 100 SA Wines and also the best Port in SA with the grand cru first place winner. Along with this the Boplaas Ouma Cloete Straw Wine 2015 won a double gold medal. Both the Boplaas Gamka Family Reserve 2013 and the Boplaas Ring of Rocks Family Reserve 2013 received double silver medals.

The Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2013 and the Gamka 2013 is available at R175 p/b. The Boplaas Ouma Cloete Straw Wine 2015 (500ml) at R110 p/b and the Boplaas Ring of Rocks 2013 is available at R90 p/b. All of these wines are available from the Boplaas tasting rooms in Calitzdorp and on Garden Route near Little Brak River.

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Boplaas released the Ouma Cloete Straw Wine 2015 to celebrate their history

Carel Nel owner/cellar master’s grandmother Nettie Cloete was related to the famous Cloete family that made world class sweet wines in the late 1700’s in Constantia. After feloksera destroyed the Constantia vineyards, some family members travelled inland and ended up in Calitzdorp.

The 2015 Ouma Cloete Straw wine was made from Muscadel (the same grapes that was used in Constantia) and Viognier by pinching the stem, sending the sugar content up to 40°B. After fermentation on the skins for 24 hours it was pressed for another 24 hours. Less than 400 liters per ton was yielded from the raisined grapes.

The wine has a lovely golden colour with flavour of honey, litchi, Muscat, tropical fruits, apricot and orange peel. It has a good acidity with a rich, lingering luscious finish and is ideal to serve with desserts and cheese.

This beautiful wine is packaged in a 500ml bottle and sells for R110.00 per bottle from the two Boplaas tasting rooms in Calitzdorp and Little Brak River. For more information visit

De Krans released their first Pinotage Rose

What comes to mind when you think of De Krans ports and wines? Quality would no doubt be one of them and you can be assured that the latest offering from this award-winning producer will deliver just that. Wine aficionados can treat their taste buds to the maiden vintage De Krans Pinotage Rosé 2016.

The wine is made from 100% Pinotage grapes grown at De Krans. These grapes are only used for the Rosé and are picked earlier than the other varietals to ensure optimal freshness and a lower alcohol of just 12.5%. The very short period of skin contact has resulted in a wine, which can best be described as being a beautiful light salmon pink colour. Winemaker, Louis van der Riet says the wine displays fresh flavours of strawberries, ripe cherries and raspberries, with a whisper of watermelon. On the palate the wine is perfectly balanced and dry, with a mouth-watering fresh acidity.

Expect to pay no more than R59 per bottle for this great value wine. For more information visit

Pergola vineyard triumphs in Klein Karoo

A unique Colombard vineyard that was trained on a pergola trellis system, was announced as the winner of the VinPro/Winetech Vineyard Block Competition in the Klein Karoo region. The competition is held annually in the respective regions to identify, celebrate and share the best viticultural practices.

The regional competition focused on alternative plant widths, trellis and pruning systems this year. “Due to economic realities more and more wine producers are investigating more efficient systems to reduce input costs and obtain higher yields and better quality,” said Johannes Mellet, VinPro’s viticulturist in the Klein Karoo region.

The winning block of Joos Nel on the farm Rose Villa near Calitzdorp is Colombard, clone CO2 on Richter 99, trained on a pergola. The runners up were Nico Fourie from Herold Wines in Herold, with a block Pinot Noir on a double guyot system, and Dereck Calitz from Onrust near Calitzdorp with a Colombard vineyard on a mechanical pruning system.

According to Johannes, the pergola is not commonly used for wine grape cultivation in the Western Cape. However, it has various benefits that are not apparent at first sight. The trellis system enhances the cordon length per hectare and therefore also the yield. Labour is more productive under the cooler trellis and the supervision and harvesting is easier. Organic material improves and root distribution is better in the cool soil below the trellis. The pergola is also more cost-efficient in terms of establishment cost (1.5 m cordon width with 3 m row width), mechanisation and fuel. Less actions are needed in the vineyard and there is a decrease in the amount of man hours per action. Canopy and pesticide management is also more cost-efficient in this vineyard.

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