Rosé might be my favourite wine type. Delicate, romantic and softly floral, it makes me long for summer days and sunset laughs. I felt a strong affinity to De Krans Wines‘ Pinotage Rosé 2020, as it wrapped my heart in red fruits and candy.
Like with Chardonnay, most people have strong polar feelings about Rosé. It’s either something that makes you want to write poetry, or it’s a wine type you steer clear of as much as possible.
I’m particularly fond of a drier, more intense Rosé, as it holds such a stunning bouquet of flavours in every sip. Easily paired to a variety of foods, beautifully elegant in appearance and light on the palate, it’s my ultimate spoil when I want to indulge.
I was very excited to receive a bottle of De Krans’ Pinotage Rosé 2020, as I was drawn to the colour long before I’ve ever poured it into a glass.
De Krans Wines is situated in Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo region on the scenic Route 62 and nestled between Ladismith and Oudtshoorn. For many, De Krans is still synonymous with their quality port-style wines, which they are traditionally known for.
However, over the years they have successfully expanded their repertoire and now also produce unique and award-winning dry, red wines made of Portuguese grape varieties. This includes the Touriga Nacional and Tritonia Red (Calitzdorp blend). They are also pioneers of the popular Premium Moscato Perlé range, which includes their recently released Alcohol-Free Muscat Nectar (press release).
De Krans Pinotage Rosé 2020
Having moved from Cabernet Sauvignon to Tinta Barocca, De Krans Wines finally settled on Pinotage three years ago and has not looked back since. The ever-loyal Pinotage grape is not only a wonderful representation of South African wine heritage, but the grape also embraces the Rosé and elevates the style of wine to new heights when it comes to flavour profile.
Tasting notes: delicate, light pink colour with a refreshing, crisp acidity and fruit character of red fruit flavours on the palate
In the vineyard: Calitzdorp Pinotage is planted in deep alluvial Gamka River soils while Coffee Rock and Sand Stone forms the base for Pinotage from the Upper-Langkloof.
In the cellar: fermented for over three weeks at low temperatures before the wine is racked, filtered and bottled
Cellar door price: approx. R68 a bottle
Awards and accolades:
Gold @ Gold Wine Award 2016
Gold @ Gold Wine Awards 2017
Gold @ Gold Wine Awards 2019
Gold @ Rosé Rocks 2017
Double Gold @ Rosé Rocks 2018
Double Gold @ Rosé Rocks 2019
Mixed tomato tart
Sun-kissed and full of juicy ripeness, cherry tomatoes are the vegetable equivalent of a Rosé wine. Both packed with a gorgeously lingering acidity, they compliment each other in ways you couldn’t possibly imagine. The Pinotage Rosé takes on a robust fruitiness when paired with a slice of this mixed tomato tart, and the crispy pastry is delightfully summery.
Feel free to play around with toppings; this tart is very forgiving and accommodating to your tastes. You can easily add drizzles of basil-, coriander or sun-dried tomato pesto’s, tears of mozzarella cheese, a crush of fresh herbs, plump olives or whatever you have left-over in the fridge. A drizzle of syrupy balsamic reduction and a scattering of peppery rocket complete the dish.
Whatever you decide to pair with your De Krans Pinotage Rosé, make sure it’s shared with loved ones!
Mixed tomato tart
- 1 roll puff pastry, thawed
- 400 gr mixed cherry tomatoes
- 2 wheels feta cheese, roughly broken
- sundried tomatoes in oil
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 egg, beaten
- olive oil, for frying
- salt, pepper and herbs to taste
- Preheat the oven to 200°C. Unroll the puff pastry, onto baking paper / baking mat and score a 2cm border around the edge. Prick the centre of the pastry all over with a fork, place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Lightly and slowly sautee your halved cherry tomatoes in a pan, adding dried herbs as you wish. Only fry them until they're glossy and slightly soft, but still hold their shape. Remove from heat.
- Arrange the mixed cherry tomatoes, the sun-dried tomatoes and the feta on the puff pastry.
- Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Return to the oven for 10 minutes.
A rewarding expression of South Africa’s own grape varietal, the De Krans Pinotage Rosé is just what you need to pair with a light lunch, snacks around the pool, or as a side-kick at your picnic. With the Rosé landscape stretching as vast and wide as our mountain ranges, I’ve found a companion in the De Krans‘ Pinotage Rosé; one that I can’t help to wax lyrical about.
Thank you, De Krans Wines, for this beautiful gift of a truly well-balanced, intensely flavourful wine that reminds us all that there’s indeed a summer to follow each winter.
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