Krone, masters of vintage Cap Classique from the historic Twee Jonge Gezellen Estate in Tulbagh, have unveiled their Krone RD 2001, celebrating the refinements and rewarding fruits of time.
The Krone RD (recently disgorged) 2001, a rare, limited release from an outstanding vintage, is a bold expression of complexity, vitality and finesse – a testament to 15 years’ graceful ageing on the yeast lees (sur lie) in the cool underground cellar at Twee Jonge Gezellen. This delayed disgorgement ** allows the Cap Classique to develop richness, power and concentration while, at the same time, retaining a youthful vibrancy and fruity expression despite the ageing. Such is the alchemy of nature, the mystery that unfolds only with time.
KRONE RD 2001
The Krone RD 2001’s inviting, persistent effervescence creates a fine first impression. Radiant, fresh aromas of green apple and lemon zest together with subtle notes of toasted brioche are evident on the nose. The palate is intense and complex offering baked apple pie, salted caramel, roasted nuts and a discreet note of honey. The mid-palate and finish show breadth as well as a bright acidity and freshness, making the wine perfect for enjoyment now and for a few years to come.
Savour on its own for pure distinctive pleasure, or relish for sun-downers, on a sun-drenched deck overlooking the ocean, with some of the luxurious treats in life: freshly-shucked oysters, caviar, sushi, smoked salmon, charcuterie, and more. Also indulgent with eggs benedict for a special breakfast, or for dinner with rare beef fillet, grilled crayfish, slow-roasted duck or truffle risotto, and simply divine with Dutch Edam or Parmiggiano Reggiano.
The Krone RD 2001 is available nationally at fine wine merchants, retailing between R300 and R350 per bottle.
** Disgorgement is the core process in the traditional method of Champagne and Cap Classique wine-making, involving the removal of the yeast sediment, which settles in the neck of the inverted bottle during the second fermentation, at the conclusion of the ageing process. The sediment is frozen, expelled and replaced by a dosage of wine and sugar. Then the cork is placed in the bottle and the wine is left to rest for a time in the cellar before release. The Recently Disgorged (RD) style, or delayed disgorgement, was first introduced by Madame Bollinger in 1961.
Krone Méthode Cap Classique is created on the historical Twee Jonge Gezellen farm, a fusion of heritage and innovation. The grapes are night harvested in the beautiful Tulbagh valley, flanked by rugged mountains. The vineyards reach up the east-facing slopes of the Saron Peak, while the underground cellar lies at the foot of the mountains. Krone pride themselves on combining traditional techniques and innovative practices to ensure that they produce the finest sparkling and still wines using Chardonnay and Pinot grapes.
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