Amphora Blanc de Blancs,
2017

Krone is Vintage-only Méthode Cap Classique. This terroir-driven Blanc de Blancs is made in a natural style in small batches. Sculpted by the vintage, it expresses the distinctive character of the Kaaimansgat vineyard, located 700m above sea level, in the cool climate Elandskloof ward. 

We believe that each vintage tells a story. Krone Méthode Cap Classique celebrates a unique moment in time and place; expressing our commitment to the vintage and the character of each harvest, selecting only the finest, most distinctive grapes. It’s a journey of discovery that sees each and every vintage borne from nature, to the rest and maturation in the cool of our underground cellar.

“A PURE EXPRESSION OF CHARDONNAY, FERMENTED IN AMPHORA WITH ZERO-DOSAGE.”

Rudiger Gretschel, Cellarmaster

Vintage conditions

The 2017 growing season across the Cape Winelands for the second consecutive year was characterised by extreme heat and drought. Though the nights were cooler during harvest, and there was an absence of significant heatwaves. The Kaaimansgat vineyard’s high altitude also played a role in this with the difference between day and night temperatures providing the ideal climate for quality grapes. The dry conditions resulted in healthy vineyards and smaller berries with good colour and flavour concentration. The chardonnay bunches, small and of excellent quality, were hand-harvested early in the season in the cool of the night, to retain a high natural acidity and low sugar content ideal for MCC.

Produced in small batches and made in a natural style: no enzymes or sulphur are added. Fermented in amphora, this Blanc de Blancs is zero-dosage and bottled unfiltered on the lees. With 24 months of maturation in our underground cellar, this pure expression of chardonnay embodies the spirit of Krone and will develop further in the bottle as it ages.

the creation

TASTING NOTES

Sun-kissed straw. Drenched in citrus; fresh lemon blossom pulls you in to a bright, full palate zinging with lemon curd. Fermented in amphora, this Blanc de Blancs is a raw, wild and pure expression of chardonnay. On the palate the citrus graduates into white pear and peach with nuances of buttered almonds. There’s a savoury undertow grounding this numinous MCC, and zero dosage lights a flame under its brightness resolving into an energetic length and finish. 

Naked oysters; fig carpaccio with sea salt; Buffalo mozzarella, roasted tomatoes; bruschetta brushed with basil oil; bokkoms on buttered toast; salt-baked whole salmon; herb-crusted Karoo lamb chops; morogo and ricotta pasta parcels, lemon zest; roasted aubergine rounds with thyme and honey vinaigrette; lemony crème caramel.

FOOD PAIRING