KRONE CAP CLASSIQUE

Borealis Cuvée Brut, 2020

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

The scent of ice, cool and mineral on opening. Calling to mind the snow-capped peaks of the Saronsberg of winter 2020, the arc of mountains surrounding the vineyards of Twee Jonge Gezellen. The characteristic oyster shell of the Borealis is there, flinty and intense, alongside powdery white flowers, white peach and crisp green apples. The cooler growing conditions of this vintage resolves with a tight, energetic palate; the fruit is fresh and clean against a chalky texture; limpid peach and melon grow and evolve into glacé pineapple and a whip of lemon curd. Extended lees time (18 months) and a lower level of tirage deliver autolytic biscuity intensity and a fine, persistent bubble, to a long, radiant finish.

VINTAGE-ONLY CREATION

Traditional grape varieties (chardonnay and pinot noir) are harvested in the cool of the night. Only the free-run juice is used for this Cap Classique: ± the first 500 litres per ton. Krone Borealis is bottle-fermented and then matures on the lees in the underground cellar.

TASTING NOTES

The scent of ice, cool and mineral on opening. Calling to mind the snow-capped peaks of the Saronsberg of winter 2020, the arc of mountains surrounding the vineyards of Twee Jonge Gezellen. The characteristic oyster shell of the Borealis is there, flinty and intense, alongside powdery white flowers, white peach and crisp green apples. The cooler growing conditions of this vintage resolves with a tight, energetic palate; the fruit is fresh and clean against a chalky texture; limpid peach and melon grow and evolve into glacé pineapple and a whip of lemon curd. Extended lees time (18 months) and a lower level of tirage deliver autolytic bitscuity intensity and a fine, persistent bubble, to a long, radiant finish.

FOOD PAIRING

Our flagship Cap Classique 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. 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Vintage Cap Classique bottle-fermented sparkling wine


Alcohol: 11.49% by vol

Residual sugar: 8.7/ℓ

pH: 3.28

Total acid: 5.6/ℓ
Chardonnay: 67%
Pinot noir: 27%
Pinot blanc: 6%

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Product code: KRO002

Pack size: 6 x 750ml

Bottle barcode: 6005176000018

Case Barcode: 16005176000015
Bottle price (excluding VAT): R135.82
Case price (excluding VAT): R814.89
Bottle price (including VAT): R156.19
Case price (including VAT): R937.12

Rosé Cuvée Brut, 2020

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

The relief from the drought that was felt in the 2019 vintage, continued into 2020 with ample natural water for the vines. An icy winter preceded the growing season, with snow-capped mountains encircling the vines for a restorative dormancy period with generous cold units on supply. At the beginning of spring we experienced an early, even budbreak. As temperatures rose towards summer, slow, uniform ripening saw an even set of the berries. Due to the diurnal conditions of the mountain slopes, the nights were cold in the growing season resulting in fine, stable acids for both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The cool temperatures locked in the freshness after the warmth of the day, showing a keen balance with a good malic to tartaric acid ratio. Harvest began the second week in January and it was a seamless transition of bringing the healthy whole bunches into the cellar in the early hours of the morning, where the fruit was gently pressed.

VINTAGE-ONLY CREATION

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 is bottle-fermented and then matures on the lees in the underground cellar.

TASTING NOTES

Gossamer pink. Like walking into a secret garden, 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 ethereal bouquet is the mineral scent of moist clay. On entry to 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 bythe 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.

FOOD PAIRING

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. 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Vintage Cap Classique bottle-fermented sparkling wine


Alcohol: 11.22% by vol

Residual sugar: 7.8/ℓ

pH: 3.13

Total acid: 5.6/ℓ
Chardonnay: 8%
Pinot noir: 92%

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Product code: KRO003

Pack size: 6 x 750ml

Bottle barcode: 6005176000193

Case Barcode: 16005176000190
Bottle price (excluding VAT): R135.82
Case price (excluding VAT): R814.89
Bottle price (including VAT): R156.19
Case price (including VAT): R937.12

Night Nectar Demi-Sec, 2020

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

The relief from the drought that was felt in the 2019 vintage, continued into 2020 with ample natural water for the vines. An icy winter preceded the growing season, with snow-capped mountains encircling the vines for a restorative dormancy period with generous cold units on supply. At the beginning of spring we experienced an early, even budbreak. As temperatures rose towards summer, slow, uniform ripening saw an even set of the berries. Due to the diurnal conditions of the mountain slopes, the nights were cold in the growing season resulting in fine, stable acids for both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the cool temperatures locking in the freshness after the warmth of the day, showing a keen balance with a good malic to tartaric acid ratio. Harvest began around the second week in January and it was a seamless transition of bringing the healthy whole bunches into the cellar in the early hours of the morning, where the fruit was gently pressed.

VINTAGE-ONLY CREATION

Only the free-run juice of the chardonnay and pinot noir grapes is used for this Cap Classique product - ± the first 500 litres per ton. Krone Night Nectar is made in classic bottle- fermented style with maturation on the lees in the underground cellar before the final dosage is added - providing that touch of sweetness which renders this refreshing bubbly “Demi-Sec” or Semi Sweet in category.

TASTING NOTES

Bright, alpine freshness, pine needles in the snow. Lifted aromatics of honeysuckle and apple blossom, the promise of spring. Then, a panoply of apples; Golden Delicious, baking, studded with cinnamon; a squeeze of fresh lime awakens the senses. The cooler growing conditions of the 2020 vintage give this usually plush Cap Classique, a teasing push and pull. Richly fruited and generous on the palate balanced by an electric lemony acidity. Textured and full of detail, there is an intriguing chalky- lime minerality, against which a flush of stone fruits burst, juicy bites of nectarine and peach, and a classic note of lemon drop opulence. Savoury salted caramel on the back palate is buoyed by a feather-light mousse, and 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, poppy seed and goats cheese cheesecake.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Vintage Cap Classique bottle-fermented sparkling wine


Alcohol: 11.34% by vol

Residual sugar: 41.5/ℓ

pH: 3.16

Total acid: 5.7/ℓ
Chardonnay: 67%
Pinot noir: 27%

Pinot blanc: 6%

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Product code: KRO005

Pack size: 6 x 750ml

Bottle barcode: 6002039010122

Case Barcode: 26002039010126
Bottle price (excluding VAT): R135.82
Case price (excluding VAT): R814.89
Bottle price (including VAT): R156.19
Case price (including VAT): R937.12

Night Nectar Demi-Sec Rosé, 2019

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

“What marked the 2019 vintage for me were the clean and healthy grapes we harvested, producing superlative base wines for making age-worthy Cap Classiques. I believe it’s a vintage we’ll remember for some time to come.”

- cellarmaster, Rudiger Gretschel


The 2019 growing season started to see relief from the drought that held its grip for the last five years on the Western Cape. After a dry post-har- vest autumn and a late start to the 2018 winter (with many warm days in July) the skies finally opened and the Tulbagh region experienced good rainfalls and cold temperatures in August. This led to early budbreak at the start of September. As spring progressed the weather gradually got warmer with windy conditions during the initial growth, fertilisation and set of berries. The result was less bunches, with loose, smaller berries. Although the start of summer in November was initially hot, December and January were more moderate in temperature, which led to a good harvest with firm acidities.

VINTAGE-ONLY CREATION

Only the free-run juice of the pinot noir and chardonnay grapes is used for this Cap Classique: ± the first 500 litres per ton. Krone Night Nectar Rosé is made in classic bottle fermented style with maturation on the lees in our underground cellar before the final dosage is added, rendering this refreshing bubbly with its sweet, plush flavour profile, deeming it a “Demi-Sec” in category.

TASTING NOTES

A flush of pink, a condensed shimmer. 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 Cap Classique 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, cream are all heightened, pair with the pillowy soft- ness of strawberry cream cake, the astringency of raspberry pinwheels, and the fine crunch of rose-water macarons. 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Vintage Cap Classique bottle-fermented sparkling wine


Alcohol: 11.73% by vol

Residual sugar: 38.5/ℓ

pH: 3.25

Total acid: 5.8/ℓ
Chardonnay: 8%
Pinot noir: 92%

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Product code: KRO012

Pack size: 6 x 750ml

Bottle barcode: 6002039010979

Case Barcode: 26002039010973
Bottle price (excluding VAT): R135.82
Case price (excluding VAT): R814.89
Bottle price (including VAT): R156.19
Case price (including VAT): R937.12

R.D., 2007

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

A vintage of extremes. An ice-cold winter gave the vines ideal resting conditions; the dormancy period followed by a cool, damp spring, which revitalised dry soils. A successful budburst and flowering produced small, healthy bunches. A duality at play, the summer was as hot as the winter was cold, early harvesting, a prerequisite for making MCC, preserved acidities as well as the delicate aromas and flavours of the grapes. Light autumn rains also helped to preserve acidity and aromatics, lending a fresh elegance to the vintage.

VINTAGE-ONLY CREATION

This unique Cap Classique spent 13 years resting on the lees in the under- ground cellar before disgorgement took place. The anti-oxidative quali- ties of the yeast cells protect the wine from oxidation as well as perform alchemic reactions that enhance flavour and texture. Disgorgement is a core process in the traditional method of making Cap Classique. It involves the removal of the frozen sediment, which naturally collects in the neck of the inverted bottle, as it is slowly hand-turned in the process known as remuage. Delaying the disgorgement allows the wine to age in contact with the lees layering it with richness, power and weight, while still retain- ing freshness and vigour. The dosage in the R.D. has been kept low to maintain this freshness.

TASTING NOTES

Deep, incandescent gold. An unfolding complexity, a sense of time passed. Rich notes of autolysis, buttered toast, brioche and roasted nuts joins ripe pears, gingerbread, nutmeg and honey. Radiant and lithe, exotic notes of pickled lemon and Moroccan spice, honey-bush tea and sun-warmed hay. On the palate, a tug between citrus purity and time-hewn butterscotch, crystallised and dense, a gravitational pull between youth and maturity with dried apples and pears, hazelnuts, almonds; a saline sapidity thrum- ming right through. The richness tempered by an inherent freshness and elegance, a hallmark of the 2007 vintage.

FOOD PAIRING

The alchemy of nature is at play here. The duality of flavour—aged yet fresh—calls for dishes that equally play with the senses. Dry aged T-bone steak with a piquant salsa verde. Its vibrant precision begs for a cheese board featuring hard, washed rind and bloomy cheeses with slices of fresh green apple and pecan nuts. Seafood: smoked, raw, char-grilled, are all perfect preparations to dial up the R.D.’s intensity. 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Vintage Cap Classique bottle-fermented sparkling wine


Alcohol: 12% by vol

Residual sugar: 3.78/ℓ

pH: 2.95

Total acid: 7.05/ℓ
Chardonnay: 51%
Pinot noir: 26%

Pinot blanc: 23%

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Product code: KRO014

Pack size: 6 x 750ml

Bottle barcode: 6002039010955

Case Barcode: 26002039010959
Bottle price (excluding VAT): R274.97
Case price (excluding VAT): R1649.84
Bottle price (including VAT): R316.22
Case price (including VAT): R1897.32

Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs, 2016

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

Sculpted by the vintage, it expresses the distinctive character of the Kaaimansgat vineyard, located 700m above sea level, in the cool climate Elandskloof ward. A fusion of earth, sky and vine. The 2016 growing season across the Cape Winelands was characterised by extreme heat and drought during the months of December and January. Though thanks to the Kaaimansgat vineyard’s high altitude, the grapes were largely unaf- fected by the extreme weather conditions. The bunches were slightly smaller than 2015 but of excellent quality. The chardonnay for the Blanc de Blancs was night-harvested on the 19 February, a date determined by good, strong acidity as well as phenolic ripeness. The fruit came in at a crisp, cool 18°. The resulting harvest showed super clean grapes, with an intense flavour spectrum.

VINTAGE-ONLY CREATION

Chardonnay is hand harvested in the cool of the night. Only the free-run juice is used for this Cap Classique: ± the first 500 litres per ton. With 36 months of maturation in our underground cellar, this Cap Classique embodies the spirit of Krone and will develop further in the bottle as it ages.

TASTING NOTES

Pale gold. Aromas of mandarin peel and the distinct citrus-floral scent of verbena develop gradually into classic white-fruited chardonnay elegance. Cool, pure Pink Lady apples evolve on the palate edged with a flinty finish, as if cut by a steel knife. The precise, taut nature of the wine expresses the character of the vintage—a steely framework to support its full, soft mousse along a grain of toast with hints of oatmeal in the background. With its defined, linear acidity this Blanc de Blancs is restrained in its youth and will develop further in the bottle, becoming more biscuity as it ages.

FOOD PAIRING

The pure nature of this Cap Classique calls for authentic food of the highest simplicity. Shellfish roasted over wingerdstok, cracked open and served with farm-egg mayonnaise; baked oysters dressed with burnt butter. Primal flavours and cooking techniques, such as whole trout grilled on a cedar-plank. Refined yet down to earth.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Vintage Cap Classique bottle-fermented sparkling wine


Alcohol: 11% by vol

Residual sugar: 3.3/ℓ

pH: 3.09

Total acid: 6.71/ℓ
Chardonnay: 100%

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Product code: KRO020

Pack size: 6 x 750ml

Bottle barcode: 6002039011921

Case Barcode: 26002039011925
Bottle price (excluding VAT): R320.83
Case price (excluding VAT): R1924.96
Bottle price (including VAT): R368.95
Case price (including VAT): R2213.70

Night Nectar Blanc de Blancs, 2018

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

The Krone Night Nectar Blanc De Blancs 2018 is a supreme expres- sion of the purity of the Chardonnay grape. Crafted at Twee Jonge Gezellen, the site of much innovation in its 300-year history, the Night Nectar Blanc De Blancs is first of its kind in South Africa. This elegant, long-lived Cap Classique is made from night- harvested Chardonnay and will benefit from both maturation in bottle as well as for enjoyment now.

VINTAGE-ONLY CREATION

Chardonnay is hand-harvested under the light of the stars. Only the free-run juice is used: ± the first 500 litres per ton. Krone Night Nectar Blanc De Blancs 2018 is naturally fermented in foudres and is then crafted in a classic bottle-fermented style. It matures on the lees for up to 36 months in the cool of our underground cellar. After which the final dosage is added, to be in perfect balance with the natural acidity of the Cap Classique, providing an elegant touch of richness. This Cap Classique embodies the spirit of Krone and will develop further in the bottle as it ages.

TASTING NOTES

Stony pale lemon. An aromatic intensity of baked yellow apples, orange zest, dessert peaches and cinnamon, intermingle with the spice of alpine herbs, sage and white blossom. The complex bouquet shows swirls of dulce de leche and salty sea-spray, with touches of autumn leaf. The palate has a gossamer-light creamy mousse and rounded mouthfeel, which envelops a core of pure, peachy fruit. A characteristic of the 2018 grow- ing season, the bright, linear acidity is in balance with the subtle, elegant richness, allowing this fine Vintage-Only Cap Classique to linger on the palate with a citrusy, nutty finish.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Vintage Cap Classique bottle-fermented sparkling wine


Alcohol: 11.52% by vol

Residual sugar: 24.2/ℓ

pH: 3.31

Total acid: 5.3/ℓ
Chardonnay: 100%

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Product code: KRO003

Pack size: 6 x 750ml

Bottle barcode: 6002039013031

Case Barcode: 26002039013035
Bottle price (excluding VAT): R416.98
Case price (excluding VAT): R2501.87
Bottle price (including VAT): R479.52
Case price (including VAT): R2877.15

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