The 1st of September is #CapClassiqueDay and the first day of Spring. A sparkling celebration is definitely in order so pop open a bottle of Krone Vintage-Only Cap Classique, crafted on the historic Twee Jonge Gezellen Estate in the Tulbagh Valley.
VINTAGE ONLY CREATION
The making of vintage-only Krone Cap Classique is a commitment to the vintage showcasing the character of each harvest and celebrating a moment in time and place, the unique hallmarks of every vintage as directed by nature: from soil to vine to bottle. Each vintage tells a story. The Krone winemaking team channels the rain, the sun, the wind into structure, complexity and balance – and seals it all with a cork.
KRONE VINTAGE BOREALIS CUVÉE BRUT 2019
TASTING NOTES: Iridescent pale gold. Oyster shell and sea-breeze aromatics on entry lead to bright green orchard apples, white blossoms, lemon flesh and a treacle hit of salted caramel. The Borealis presents deft and athletic on the palate with a creamy, fine-textured mousse. Yellow apples, kumquat and naartjie evolve with a touch of lemon meringue framing an iodine core; taut and true to 2019’s growing conditions, the acidity is firm and cleansing, revealing white ginger root on the finish.
FOOD PAIRING: Krone Borealis evokes a sense of discovery in dining – in a pure and simple way, such as mussels steamed open with seawater; with its distinct line of salinity, the Borealis elevates the oceanic. Minerals and earth; salt-baked; creamy porcini risotto. Simmering comforts of braising chicken, texture and spice.
KRONE VINTAGE ROSÉ CUVÉE BRUT 2019
TASTING NOTES: Gossamer pink. Aromatics of frais de bois (wild strawberries), the strawberry edged in papaya pip spice (similar to black peppercorn spice). Ethereal notes of rosewater skate along denser tones of crushed orange peel. Pinot noir led, the terroir is vividly sketched on the palate, sunbaked stones, the perfect ripeness of a gentle summer, strawberries, white peach, tangy cranberry freshness. The acids are lemony and soft, light and buoyant. A deeper tug into fresh cream, a layered mouth-coating mousse, finishing with lingering notes of toasted hazelnuts.
FOOD PAIRING: Krone Cuvée Brut Rosé delights in food that favours honest expression, a simple picnic with slivers of charcuterie, crusty sourdough bread and ripe, melty Camembert. A tug-of-war between density and weightlessness, the structure lends itself to the refined too; from salmon with crispy skin crackling and wild black rice to rolled porchetta, and duck with cherries.
KRONE VINTAGE NIGHT NECTAR DEMI-SEC 2019
TASTING NOTES: Lustrous lemon. Lifted and generous, aromatics of honeysuckle, apple blossom, the scent of baking golden apples. Magisterial in its detail, plush and a little wicked. Pure, clean stone fruits, peach and nectarine, an abundance of classic lemon drop and nuances of ginger spice. The acidity is driven, a silver bullet, a ricochet of the growing conditions of 2019. Honeyed and soft, an opulent mousse, fine beaded and long-lived, is drawn into a refreshing, poised finish.
FOOD PAIRING: A dance of brightness and opulence, Night Nectar demands rich, indulgent dishes. Creamy and fragrant butter chicken curry hits all the right notes as does smoked fish croquettes with lemon aioli. Refreshing yet plush, it pulls you into the realm of the sweet too. Think honeycomb and salted caramel or lemon, poppyseed and goats cheese cheesecake.
KRONE VINTAGE NIGHT NECTAR DEMI-SEC ROSÉ 2019
TASTING NOTES: Pale pink. A radiance of red fruit, glossy and spontaneous. Bright summer strawberries, licks of whipped cream. The brightness of lemon unfurls alongside heady maraschino cherries. On the palate a core of intense red fruit, juicy and fresh. Nostalgic toffee apples play on the rich, voluminous palate. Wild and lively with clean pure fruit, the health of the 2019 harvest on show, an exhibition of a vineyard released from drought. A sense of restraint on the finish, tailored with bright acidity and a touch of roasted almonds in its echo.
FOOD PAIRING: The vibrant vivacity of this MCC is a true joy paired with bold, deep flavours; prawns grilled on hot coals with coconut lime basting and peach chutney; its berry-richness harmonious with unctuous, sticky pork belly; spice, texture and cream are all heightened when paired with the pillowy softness of strawberry cream cake, the astringency of raspberry pinwheels, and the fine crunch of rose-water macarons.
PURCHASE: Krone’s 2019 Vintage Cap Classiques are available for purchase at the estate, online at kronemcc.com/ collections/vintage-mcc and are widely available nationally at select liquor retailers and grocers.
APPROXIMATE RETAIL PRICE: R165 per 750ml bottle.
TWEE JONGE GEZELLEN
Established in 1710, a national monument with over 300 years of history, Twee Jonge Gezellen in Tulbagh is the treasured home of Krone, a collection of vintage-only, terroir-driven Méthode Cap Classiques handcrafted in the traditional method in Krone’s historic underground cellar from the finest most distinctive grapes. Family-owned, the Rands family purchased the farm in 2012. Brother and sister, Svend and Abigail are involved intimately in all aspects of the estate, from vineyard plantings to marketing. Cellarmaster Rudiger Gretschel leads the winemaking division, a renowned Cape winemaker he pours his considerable knowledge into both the viticulture as well as the vinification, working seamlessly alongside Cap Classique specialist and head winemaker Stephan de Beer. In 2017 the historic estate was reimagined with the interior design being inspired by its rich heritage and original architecture. Today, after lengthy restoration, the farm is both redolent of its history as well as burgeoning with contemporary relevance.
TASTING ROOM & GALLERY OPENING HOURS
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 16:00
Twee Jonge Gezellen is closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Tel: 023 230 0680 · Email: email@example.com
Twitter: @KroneCC · Instagram: @kronecapclassique
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