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De Krans Pinotage Rosé 2021: Summer in a Bottle

De Krans Pinotage Rosé 2021: Summer in a Bottle

I am so excited to tell you about the De Krans Pinotage Rosé 2021. Make sure it’s on your summer wine list for 2022.  It has been so long since I have last featured a proper wine review on My Boozy Kitchen. In the midst of all the Social Media reviews, I forget to share them here. 🙈

So my wine darlings how have you all been? Would you not agree with me that this Winter season has been rather exceptionally colder than normal? We have had very sparse snow and rain this Winter in Worcester, and the temperatures has been freezing to the bone.  🥶🥶

However, just the other day we had such a lovely clear sunning day where one can’t help but to day dream about the radiant summer sun stepping forward, wrapping us in her warm and brilliant rays. Lazing on the beach, a soft and cool gentle sea-breeze, the humming of the wave-song, the happiness of children splishing and splashing as the sea softly douses the beach. Ah… yes Summer! But for now we need to patiently wait for her.

However in the meantime you can open up a bottle of De Krans Pinotage Rosé and continue to dream, as this gorgeous wine is the epitome of Summer!

De Krans Pinotage Rosé 2021

In the vineyards…

Only the very best selected vineyards throughout the Klein Karoo are used for this Pinotage Rosé. 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.

It is very interesting to understand that even soils have an effect on what you get as a final product in your wine glass. For example Alluvial soil are usually deeper, layered and more fertile. In turn, these soils result in vines that are more vigorous, have deep root systems, and produce bigger, more flavorful, and softer wines.  


The de Krans Pinotage Rosé grapes are harvested from mid-January to late February at 21-22 degrees Balling. (Balling is a density scale and is used for measuring sugar content in water-based solutions) The grapes are then picked early morning. The grapes are then crushed, destemmed and the juice was drained from the skins immediately.

The juice is fermented for over three weeks at low temperatures before the wine is racked, filtered and

My Boozy Kitchen De Krans Pinotage Rosé 2021 Tasting Notes:


The Colour:

The de Krans Pinotage Rosé gets a full 10/10 for colour. It is just absolutely gorgeous! Its clear and no signs of any oxidation (Obviously!) The colour of the wine has a stunning soft blush or salmon pink colour. A colour one would expect to see in a Rosé wine!

The Aroma:

A tad bit shy but it is a rosé wine, it is not suppose to have those big and bold aromas like a full bodied red wine. It must be dainty and elegant. Which this wine totally is!

However, in saying that there are aromas floating in the glass as you bring your nose closer.

If summer had a smell this would be it.

You immediately candyfloss, watermelon, strawberries, redcurrants and raspberries. There is also a touch of rose water which gives this wine a little extra layer of complexity.

The Taste:

De Krans Pinotage Rosé is summer in the bottle because it taste like summer. All those gorgeous nuances that you smelled in the glass follows through on the palate. You get Turkish delight, strawberries, candyfloss, raspberries, watermelon! Hmmm what is that? Is that a little hint of spice or maybe a little pink grapefruit zest? This rosé has layers of richness and opulence!

Mouthfeel of the wine is silky smooth with a quenching palate. Beautiful crisp and fresh acidity.

Food Pairing Suggestions:

This wine screams all things summer. You can enjoy it with brunch or a light lunch. It will go very well with a substantial salad maybe something with a little seafood or smoked salmon in it. Oh boy! one sip and you are craving sushi. Or even a gorgeous seared tuna! Even better a salmon terrine . Alternatively this wine is just so good you can sip it on its own by the pool side, or on picnic or enjoy watching the summer sunset. (Click links above for recipe suggestions/inspiration)

De Krans Pinotage Rose 2021 on a picnic blanket with a book and reading glasses


2021 vintage has been released – see keep an eye out on the awards this one will be winning!

The 2020 vintage of the De Krans Pinotage Rosé received the following accolade:

  • 2020 Top 5 – Pinotage Association
  • 2020, 2019, 2018 Double Gold Rosé Rocks
  • 2020 GOLD Wine Award
  • 2020 Gold Winner Ultra Value Challenge

The 2021 De Krans Pinotage Rosé retails for approximately R72 per bottle and can be found at the De Krans Tasting Room in Calitzdorp.

About De Krans:

De Krans Wine Cellar is situated along the upper reaches of the picturesque Gamka River Valley near Calitzdorp. The history of the farm dates back to 1890 when the current owners’ great grandfather bought part of the first farm established in Calitzdorp, named Buffelsvallei (“Buffalo valley”) on the edge of the municipal boundary of Calitzdorp.

The first grapes were planted in 1936 mainly for the production of raisins and some sweet wine. In
1964 the present cellar was built and De Krans quickly became well-known for quality ports and
Muscat sweet wines, as well as dry table wines. The current owners and winemaker now take
advantage of the unique Calitzdorp terroir to produce great quality Cape ports and table wines
from a whole range of interesting grape varieties

For more information, or to order online please visit our website at www.dekrans.co.za and follow them on social media.  

Disclaimer: I was given this product(s) as part of a press drop in exchange for my honest and truthful opinion and review thereof. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are solely those of My Boozy Kitchen, given in good faith and in no way influenced by the company or its affiliates. All images, unless otherwise stated / credited, are also my own.

Even though My Boozy Kitchen does more drinking than cooking I do endorse responsible drinking. Don’t drink and drive, rather stay at home and wine it’s cheaper!  Not for persons under 18 or 21 if you live in the United States!

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