Twee Jonge Gezellen Krone Vintage Rosé Cuvée Brut 2019
Rosé Cap Classique from Tulbagh - scrumptious!
|Wine Type||Rosé Wine, Champagne / Sparkling Wine|
|Body / Style||Rosé|
|Grape Blend||92% Pinot Noir, 8% Chardonnay|
|Bottle Size (ml)||750|
|Extra Info||Delicious SA Rosé MCC|
|Food Pairing Guide||From a simple picnic with slivers of charcuterie, crusty sourdough bread, ripe, melty Camembert to salmon with crispy skin crackling and wild black rice to rolled porchetta, and duck with cherries|
I say: superb pink fizz made in the Vintage Cap Classique Bottle-Fermented way. Krone says: "Gossamer pink. Aromatics of frais de bois, the straw- berry edged in papaya pip spice. Ethereal notes of rosewater skate along denser tones of crushed or- ange peel. Pinot noir led, the terroir is vividly sketched on the palate, sun-baked stones, the perfect ripeness of gentle summer, strawberries, white peach, tangy cranberry freshness. The acids are lemony and soft, light and buoyant. A deeper tug into fresh cream, a layered mouth-coating mousse, finishing with linger- ing notes of toasted hazelnuts."
The classic varieties of pinot noir and chardonnay are handpicked in the cool of the night. Krone Cuvée Brut Rosé is bottle-fermented on the lees, and prior to disgorging, the bottles are packed in wooden pupitres and the rémuage (turning of bottles) is done entirely by hand. Truly a handcrafted wine. The 2019 growing season started to see relief from the drought that held its grip for the last five years on the Western Cape. After a dry post-harvest autumn and a late start to the 2018 winter (with many warm days in July) the skies finally opened and the Tulbagh region experienced good rainfalls and cold temperatures in August. This led to early budbreak at the start of September. As spring progressed the weather gradually got warmer with windy conditions during the initial growth, fertilisation and set of berries. The result was less bunches, with loose, smaller berries. Although the start of summer in November was initially hot, December and January were more moderate in temperature, which led to a good harvest with firm acidities.
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