We chat to winemaker Stephan de Beer about Krone’s latest vintage releases.
Can you elaborate on the climatic conditions during the latest vintages?
It was a warm and dry year, but we are blessed with sufficient water on Twee Jonge Gezellen to irrigate properly. We had zero rot and no sunburn on the grapes. Hot days, with cooler nights than usual helped with acids and flavours in the berry, this made the grape quality very high overall. Speaking of, the quality of the wine from our new Pinot Noir blocks is amazing and we are very excited about it!
Was anything done differently in the cellar for this vintage?
It was our first time pressing grapes in the new cellar, which works like a charm.
What were the most challenging moments…
Waking up at 2am and working till 6pm, like any other harvest!
…and the most rewarding?
Tasting through the base wines and knowing that it will be yet another great vintage for Krone.
What’s happening in the vineyard lately?
Cleaning up after harvest, watering all the vines to say thanks for the grapes! We’re are also busy planting poles and preparing for the planting of new blocks of chardonnay this winter.
The collection of Krone Méthode Cap Classiques are all of a vintage, which further challenges our winemaker’s commitment to making a quality Cap Classique, no matter the environmental conditions.
Krone Borealis Vintage Cuvée Brut 2016
Elegant, iridescent gold. Oyster shell and chalky limestone character leads to pineapple, fresh yellow apple… Read more.
Krone Rosé Cuvée Brut 2016
Salmon-pink. Elegant, floral bouquet with delicate pomegranate and cut red apple… Read more.
Krone Night Nectar Demi Sec 2016
Pale lemon-yellow. Expressive aromas of baked golden apples, piecrust and almonds… Read more.
Night Nectar Rose Demi Sec 2016
Subtle salmon blush. The spun sugar nose is laced with expressive notes of raspberries and cranberries… Read more.
Krone Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2016
Pale salmon in colour. Upfront aromas of citrus and red berries lead to a savoury yet fresh palate… Read more.