In South Africa, the Krone family is synonymous with the production of exceptional Cap Classiques. In this country we use the term Méthode Cap Classique, or in short MCC to describe bubblies made in the classic French method, referring to sparkling wines that undergo their second fermentation in the bottle.
The Krone estate, Twee Jonge Gezellen is situated 125 kilometres from Cape Town in the picturesque town of Tulbagh, with their Pinot Noir & Chardonnay vineyards reaching up to the slopes of the Saron Peak Mountain. This historic property dates back to 1710 and here generations of the Krone family have mastered the fine art of blending the traditional Champagne varieties.
There are three Cap Classiques in the Krone sparkling wine collection: The Krone Borealis Cuvée Brut 2009, which sells for R85 per bottle; the Krone Rosé Cuvée Brut 2009 at R95 per bottle; and the Nicolas Charles Krone Marque 1, a prestige cuvee made from the blend of three vintages, 2001, 2002 and 2003, and selling for R260 per bottle or R3000 for a 3 litre bottle.
A 3 litre bottle is called a Jeroboam and holds the equivalent of 32 glasses of wine.
The name comes from the first king of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, who ruled during the late 10th century BC. The name means “may the people grow numerous,” appropriate to the number of servings in each bottle.
I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that the House of Krone, who we all came to know and love as a sparkling wine producer announced the release of a still wine, the Krone Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2012. I loved this lightly blush wine, which is easy to drink and stylishly packaged and to top it all off, a bargain at R59.99 per bottle.
As in the case of Cap Classique production, the Chardonnay in this wine contributes crisp acidity and elegance, whilst the Pinot Noir brings intensity and richness coupled with delicate red berry fruit flavours. The Krone Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2012 is the perfect partner for Mezze and Mediterranean dishes, seared tuna, smoked salmon, seafood, Thai curries, ham or veal.
* The House of Krone is open for wine tastings from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. For more information, visit www.houseofkrone.co.za.