The lush green setting of De Krans in Calitzdorp

Assistant winemaker Christo Pieterse proudly holding one of their awards


Stroebel Nel and his brother Boets, De Krans owners in front of their beloved basket press




This Cabernet Sauvignon is both structured and accessible enough to drink on its own, but also pairs perfectly with that impromptu weekday or weekend pizza, pasta dish, or a good old braai. The De Krans Basket Press Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 has a typical character of cassis, ripe berries with fresh prunes and cedar spice on the nose. What makes this Cabernet Sauvignon different is the use of an old basket press, which enables a softer pressing action. This results in a softer tannin structure and a fruit-driven character of plums, mulberries and dark cherries. There are many schools of thought of how to get the best fruit out of a grape from Springfield’s Methode Ancienne, where gravity does the work , to those giant crushers one sees all over the place. In keeping with a more gentle rhythm to life now prevalent, the basket press might very well make a comeback.


The De Krans Basket Press Cabernet Sauvignon completes the De Krans Classic Varietal Range, a wine collection focusing on a boutique style of winemaking that embraces well-known and loved cultivars and positions them within an affordable price range. The Classic Varietal Range also includes the Free-Run Chenin Blanc, Wild Ferment Chardonnay and Pinotage Rosé.


De Krans Wines is situated in Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo region on the scenic Route 62 nestled between Ladismith and Oudtshoorn. For many, De Krans is still synonymous with their quality port-style wines, for which they are traditionally known. 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)

The De Krans Basket Press Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 retails for approximately R76 per bottle in select retail outlets nationwide.


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A braai winner