De Krans Wines has reminded us of their unique espresso port that they released a few years ago just in time for the weekend. The winemaking team at De Krans produced the wine and its signature coffee bean flavour by maturing the wine in heavy toasted oak.
While the name Espresso speaks for itself, the style has definitely evolved into a more sophisticated and subtle, yet unmistakable aftertaste of coffee and additional red fruit flavours. The winemakers used a blend of the big five Portuguese grape varieties Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Roriz and Souzao. The wine also features flavours of dried fruit, prunes and cacao. Although classified as a dessert wine, it is not overly sweet and stays on trend with the drier style that is synonymous with the De Krans port-style wines.
If you’re having it in summer, serve it chilled or with crushed ice. In winter, it is best paired with crème brûlée or other sweet desserts in winter. De Krans Bistro and Deli manager, Shannon Botes, has shared her recipe for the classic Espresso Martini.
3 parts espresso dessert wine
1 espresso (cold)
Mix the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, give it a good shake and then drain.
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