De Krans Tritonia White 2015

By , 13 December 2016

De Krans Tritonia White 2015, De Krans Tritonia White 2015

Out of the ordinary.

Calitzdorp cellar De Krans has shown some admirable innovation in recent times. The flagship Tritonia Red 2014, a blend of 67% Touriga Nacional, 22% Tinta Roriz, 6% Tinta Barocca and 5% Tinta Amarella (R160 a bottle) rated 87 on the 100-point quality scale in the Laurium Capital Signature Red Blend Report earlier this year and it is now joined by the maiden release 2015 Tritonia White, produced from 85% Malvasia Rei (also known as Palomino Fino) and 15% Verdelho grapes.

Planted in 1947, the Malvasia Rei vineyard was almost forgotten and ready to be replaced with a new vineyard but winemaker Louis van der Riet had second thoughts…

The Malvasia Rei berries were crushed into a lagar and left on the skins to start fermentation naturally before being transferred to tank for four months.  The Verdelho, meanwhile, was barrel- fermented and left on the lees also for four months. The wine was then blended and barrel matured for 15 months.

On the nose, the wine shows orange plus a Sherry-like quality, which is to say a slight nuttiness plus some spice. The palate is light yet flavourful with bright acidity. It’s an unusual yet very appealing drop – not super-refined but so much more interesting than your average Sauvignon Blanc. Price: R140 a bottle.

#WinemagRating: 90/100.

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