Krone, Borealis Vintage Cuvee Brut
Fresh green apples, lemon balm and white peach skate through. The palate is light, floaty, the spine mineral and cool, the satiny mousse expanding from this, curvaceous and mouth-coating. Red apples and a hint of icy berry at the core shows the exquisite harmony between the chardonnay and pinot noir, forever in concert. The long, cold winter shaped a crystalline acidity, intricate and radiating towards the edges, like a snowflake itself. The extended lees time (18 months) released a biscuity intensity, a sensation of fynbos honey promises positive evolution as the wine continues to mature in bottle. Traditional grape varieties of Pinot noir and Chardonnay are harvested in the cool of the night. Krone Borealis Cuvée Brut is bottle-fermented and then matures on the lees in the underground cellar.
Ideal with mussels steamed open with seawater, salt-baked fish, creamy porcini risotto, braised chicken, and spicy dishes.
The making of vintage-only Krone Cap Classique is directed by nature: from soil to vine to bottle. 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, a renowned Cape winemaker, leads the winemaking division, using his knowledge for both the viticulture as well as the vinification, working seamlessly alongside Cap Classique specialist and head winemaker Stephan de Beer. The team follow the story of the terroir, so that every vintage is a true expression of the vineyard. The site-specific rocky soils of Tulbagh are like nowhere else in the Cape Winelands. Twee Jonge Gezellen’s vineyards run up the eastern slopes of the Saronsberg Mountain. Protected from the buffeting of the Cape’s summer Southeaster, the elevated vineyards are raised from the valley floor and benefit from the cool airflow that descends the mountain slopes by night. Twee Jonge Gezellen is tucked into the northwest corner of the Tulbagh wine region, home to the fourth oldest town in South Africa, dating back to the early 1700s. Originally, it was one of 14 farms established after 1700 when the then governor of the Cape motivated for an expansion beyond Cape Town into the Winterberg, Witzenberg and Roodezand area. Twee Jonge Gezellen estate became wine-producing in the 20th century and, in a continuation of the founding pioneer spirit, invented cold fermentation in the 1950s, among other firsts. A devastating earthquake rocked the region in 1969, effectively delaying the introduction of Krone Cap Classique by 20 years. The first Krone Borealis vintage (1987) was released in 1991 to much acclaim; and a new generation of Cap Classique was born. Twee Jonge Gezellen has the honour of being home to the first underground cellar in Africa.