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Twee Jonge Gezellen Krone Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs 2016

I only bought a few bottles of this MCC to try, so if it's out of stock, it's because I drank it all!
Aromatic
£32.95
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Producer Krone
Country South Africa
Region Tulbagh
Wine Type Champagne / Sparkling Wine
Body / Style Aromatic
Grape Blend 100% Chardonnay
Bottle Size (ml) 750
% Abv 11
Vintage 2016
Extra Info Vintage Methode Cap Classique
Food Pairing Guide The pure nature of this MCC 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, pork cheeks with caramelised apples; grass-fed T-bone accompanied with foraged mushrooms; Dalewood Huguenot soufflé; whole cauliflower roasted in terracotta. MCC poached pears with whipped clotted cream.
Twee Jonge Gezellen Krone Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs is pale gold in colour with aromas of mandarin peel and the distinct citrus-floral scent of verbena which develop gradually into classic white-fruited chardonnay elegance. Cool, pure Pink Lady apples evolve on the palate edged with a flinty finish. 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.
Chardonnay is hand harvested in the cool of the night. Only the free-run juice is used for this MCC: ± the first 500 litres per ton. With 36 months of maturation in the underground cellar, this MCC embodies the spirit of Krone and will develop further in the bottle as it ages. 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 unaffected 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.
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