The latest incarnation of Tawny from De Krans is extraordinarily pale in colour, fruity and light. There’s cherry but also notes of orange and even lemon plus the spice and nuttiness you’d expect.
Now that South African producers are prevented from using the term “Port”, De Krans have taken to calling its product a “liqueur wine” and it’s Wine of Origin Western Cape.
According to Platter’s 2014, it’s a blend of 80% Tinta Barocca and 20% Touriga Nacional and was vat-aged for eight years. It has an alcohol by volume of 19% (compared to 17.5% for close competitor KWV Classic Collection Cape Tawny) but this is nicely integrated and there’s really zippy acidity. A really elegant offering and a steal at R120 a bottle.