Spring is around the corner, when nature bursts back into life in an explosion of sight, sound and colour, bringing new life and fresh hope to the world. The 1st September is not only the first day of Spring, it is also #CapClassiqueDay! A sparkling celebration is definitely in order so pop open a bottle of Krone Rosé Cuvée Brut… and perhaps try your hand at a classic French Mille-Feuille for a complementary sweet treat – see attached a Mille-Feuille recipe, from well-known food stylist, trained chef and photographer Bianca Davies, specially created to enjoy with Krone Rosé Cuvée Brut.
KRONE VINTAGE ROSÉ CUVÉE BRUT 2018
BLEND: 87% Pinot Noir and 13% Chardonnay.
CREATION: The classic varieties of pinot noir and chardonnay are handpicked in the cool of the night. Only the free-run juice, the first 500 litres per ton, is used for Krone Rosé Cuvée Brut which is bottle-fermented on the lees and packed in wooden pupitres. The rémuage (turning of bottles) is done entirely by hand while it matures on the lees in the cool of our historic underground cellar before disgorgement.
TASTING NOTES: Salmon-pink. 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 complexity of the 2018 vintage is on show here; the drought resulted in smaller harvests that culminated in base wines with pure fruit expressions. There’s a fragility and elegance to the pinot noir. The vivid acidity is cushioned in a fine, creamy mousse, finishing with lingering notes of toasted hazelnuts.
FOOD PAIRING: Krone Rosé Cuvée Brut 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. For a sweet treat, the ultimate pairing is a classic French mille-feuille. See attached the recipe provided by well-known food stylist, trained chef and photographer, Bianca Davies.
RETAIL PRICE: Krone Vintage Rosé Cuvée Brut 2018 is widely available nationally in select liquor retailers and grocers at approximately R165 per bottle.
TWEE JONGE GEZELLEN AND KRONE VINTAGE-ONLY MÉTHODE CAP CLASSIQUE
Krone Vintage-only Méthode Cap Classique is produced on Twee Jonge Gezellen wine estate in Tulbagh. We believe that each vintage tells a story. Krone Méthode Cap Classique celebrates a unique moment in time and place, expressing our 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 our underground cellar.
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 made from the finest most distinctive grapes. Traditional Champagne grape varieties, chardonnay and pinot noir, have been night-harvested since the early 1980s to preserve the delicate aromas and flavours of the grapes. Vintage after vintage of Krone MCC is made in classic bottle-fermented style and hand-turned in traditional pupitres while it matures on the lees in the cool of the underground cellar before disgorgement.
When the Rands family bought the farm in 2012, many of the original buildings were in need of refurbishment. Today, after lengthy restoration, the farm is both redolent of its 300-year-old history as well as burgeoning with contemporary relevance. Visitors can journey through a series of extraordinary spaces, immersed in history, and filled with contemporary art, sculpture and collectible design, before moving on to sample Krone’s vintage Cap Classiques. The raised terrace offers singular views of the picturesque valley and the Winterhoek, Witzenberg and Obiqua Mountains, while the Tasting Room boasts a dramatic picture window that unveils the workings of the cellar.
Twee Jonge Gezellen continues to delight its visitors into the 21st century, offering tastings, cellar and gallery tours.
• The Tasting Room and Deck are open Monday to Friday from 10h00-16h00, and on Saturdays from 10h00 to 14h00.
• The WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery at Twee Jonge Gezellen, celebrating African contemporary art in the heart of Tulbagh is open Monday to Saturday from 10h00-16h00.
• Twee Jonge Gezellen is closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
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