A sparkling celebration is in order this Thursday

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POP open a bottle of Krone Vintage Rosé Cuvée Brut 2020, crafted on the historic Twee Jonge Gezellen Estate in the Tulbagh Valley to celebrate Cap Classique Day on September 1.

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.

The classic varieties of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are handpicked in the cool of the night. Only the free-run juice is used for this Cap Classique: ± the first 500 litres per ton. Krone Cuvée Brut Rosé (Pinot Noir 92%, Chardonnay 8%) is bottle-fermented and then matures on the lees in the underground cellar.

 

The nose is fragrant and lush, aromatics of wild berries, climbing strawberry vines and the persistent undertone of night lily open to the moon. Grounding this bouquet is the mineral scent of moist clay. On the palate, waves of cleansing citrus, blood orange and mandarin coalesce to a bright-fruited core of raspberries, strawberries, cranberries and white peach. The acidity is a keen line across the palate, displaying the great tension imbued by the high diurnal swings of the Tulbagh region, only amplified by the inherent freshness of the 2020 vintage. This saline sapidity runs right through complementing the textural creaminess of the lees, a counterpoint to the diaphanous mousse as the wine tapers off into a dry, strawberry-kissed finish.

Krone Cuvée Brut Rosé delights in food that favours honest expression, from a simple picnic with slivers of charcuterie, crusty sourdough bread, ripe, melty Camembert. A tug-of-war between density and weightlessness, the structure lends itself to the refined too; salmon with crispy skin crackling and wild black rice to rolled porchetta, and duck with cherries.

Krone Vintage Rosé Cuvée Brut 2020 is available at the estate, online, and  nationally at liquor retailers and grocers, for around R190 per bottle.

The tasting room is open Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

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