We tend to think Port, and Port-style wines, of a drink for mature drinkers, to enjoy with a cheese board or dessert. But it really is one of the most versatile drinks … working well with cocktails and with main dish pairings – think soups, curries, and read meat dishes like steak. Try these this winter …
The De Krans Premium Cape Ruby … Go ahead and add it generously to your potjie or any meat dish in a slow cooker – guaranteed to take your meat dish to that next level. The Cape Ruby also pairs well with traditional Cape bobotie, waterblommetjie –bredie, rustic pastas and hearty soups. R99.
The De Krans Cape Vintage pairs beautifully with a baked dessert like chocolate fondant or a piece of dark chocolate, and is sublime with well matured cheese. You can also serve this excellent value-for-money port-style wine with Karoo lamb potjie, venison pie or roasted vegetable lasagna. R129.
Of all the different options, the De Krans Cape Tawny Limited Release, which spends an average of eight years ageing in an oak barrel, is probably the most unique and different. It’s an excellent alternative to sherry and best enjoyed slightly chilled. It not only pairs well with baked winter puddings like malva pudding and Crème Brûlée, as well as baked cheese with drizzled honey, nuts and rosemary, but will also elevate dishes like brown onion soup, loin of pork stuffed with dried fruit, or prawns prepared in a light Malaysian style. R240.
The De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve, the flagship at De Krans, is truly something special. And to truly experience and appreciate the quality of this exceptional wine, it is best enjoyed on its own. Alternatively, it pairs well with matured cheese. And if you’re looking for an excellent gift … it makes a jolly thoughtful one as it can be stored and matured for up to 40 years (in favourable cool conditions, with the bottles lying down). R375.
You can order all online on dekrans.co.za.
And you can win a pack of Port-style wines, too. We’re giving one reader a three-bottle carry pack. Head over to our IG page before August 25. Cheers!