For decades, wine enthusiasts have celebrated the bubbles in a bottle. The Krone Méthode Cap Classique range have recently re-sparkled my absolute love for local MCC’s, and reminded me again that life is truly a special occasion.
A glass of bubbles is such a dainty token of celebration. For me, every day is in fact worthy of a celebration, which means I pop a bottle of MCC more often than you’d think. This South African answer to champagne has become our most beloved way of commemorating a celebration; from birthdays to bachelorettes, festive religious holidays and quiet weekends away.
I simply love the allure of MCC; there’s something so enticing yet mysterious about a sparkling flute of cuvée brut, something so romantic and charming about the colour and fine mousse of a brut rosé. All the more reason why I don’t reserve this flirty interpretation of grapes only for special occasions.
A stunning duo of Krone Méthode Cap Classique MCC’s crossed my desk towards the end of last year, and I decided that it’s the perfect way to toast 2020 – for me, the year of yes.
Krone Vintage-only Méthode Cap Classique is produced on Twee Jonge Gezellen wine estate in Tulbagh. They believe that each vintage tells a story. Krone Méthode Cap Classique celebrates a unique moment in time and place; expressing their commitment to the vintage and the character of each harvest, selecting only the finest, most distinctive fruit. It’s a journey of discovery that sees each and every vintage borne from nature, to the rest and maturation in the cool of their underground cellar.
Traditional grape varieties (chardonnay and pinot noir) are harvested in the cool of the night. Only the free-run juice is used for Krone Vintage-only Méthode Cap Classique: the first 500 litres per ton. Krone MCC is bottle-fermented on the lees and then matures on the lees in the underground cellar. Prior to disgorging, the bottles are packed in wooden pupitres and the rémuage (turning of bottles) is done entirely by hand: truly handcrafted wines (press release).
Krone’s range of 2018 Cap Classiques
Krone’s range of four 2018 Cap Classiques offers something for everyone, enchanting any palate whether your preferred bubbly is taut and lean, refreshing and fruit forward, plush and expansive, crisp and dry or rich and voluminous with a touch of sweetness.
Krone Borealis Vintage Cuvée Brut 2018
Following on from Krone’s tradition of hand-picking their grapes under the stars in the cool of the night to retain flavour and aroma, the Krone Borealis was named after the ‘Corona Borealis’ constellation of stars. Corona means crown, as does Krone, giving rise to Krone Borealis – the bottle fermented sparkling wine that is full of ‘stars’.
Tasting notes: Elderflower and apple blossom intermingle with orange peel and crushed oyster shell. There’s a citrusy tingle of baobab pods on palate entry, edged in that salinity so characteristic of the 2018 vintage. Taut, lean and fresh; kumquat and naartjie come to the fore evolving into salted caramel. The mousse is fine-beaded and toned, with a graceful trajectory into a tensile finish that promises to become more biscuity as it ages.
In the vineyard: 73% Chardonnay and 27% Pinot Noir.
Cellar door price: approx. R150 per bottle
The Little Hedonist’s food pairing suggestion: A MCC that invokes flavours of earth and sea. The Borealis is the perfect accompaniment for earthy, woody, creamy mushroom dishes, beautiful shiny pasta plates or meals centred around delicate shellfish. Also delectable with roasted and grilled chicken dishes, and can handle a bit of spice.
Beautiful on its own, bold enough to present as a dinner table partner and elegant enough to pair with most desserts – this MCC turns any meal into a classy culinary affair.
Krone Vintage Rosé Cuvée Brut 2018
Tasting notes: A floral bouquet of rosewater meets the sweet-sour-salty scent of coastal sour figs. Fresh red fruits—pomegranates, cranberries—take centre stage on the full, soft palate, unfolding into candied orange and white-fleshed nectarine. The vivid acidity is cushioned in a fine, creamy mousse, finishing with lingering notes of toasted hazelnuts.
In the vineyard: 87% Pinot Noir and 13% Chardonnay.
Cellar door price: approx. R150 per bottle
The Little Hedonist’s food pairing suggestion: The more playful character of the Krone Cuvée Brut Rosé appeals to the foodie in me. It’s hungry for the simple things in life; warm loaves of sourdough bread, a selection of cured meats, a slightly ripe slice of Camembert or Brie. Take it outdoors or serve it by candlelight – this MCC is perfect to dress up or down. For something more sophisticated, think crispy-skinned salmon or pork, wild grains and summer greens, gently blanched and drizzled with a cream-based sauce.
My preferred food pairing with MCC, you may ask? Macarons. With loads of texture, this delicately light meringue-based French confections simply ooze romance and indulgence. Filled with soft fruit flavours that gently reiterate the profile of these two MCC’s, my best-loved pairings were the candyfloss, raspberry and granadilla macarons respectively.
These beauties were made by Rob from Chef’s Pantry, and he does macarons like a boss.
Thank you, Krone, for reminding me that life is the special occasion we are all saving ourselves for. There is no rehearsal; this is it. A beautiful reminder to find little celebrations in every single day, and to enjoy them in abundance.
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