The 2021 growing season began with a cooler than average winter, complete with Tulbagh’s majestic snow-capped mountains encircling the vineyards. High amounts of cold units ensured a restorative dormancy period. Ample rain provided natural irrigation for the resting vines. Due to the high diurnal conditions of the mountain slopes, the nights were cold in the growing season resulting in fine, stable acids for both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The cool temperatures locking in the freshness after the warmth of the day. The vines developed a healthy canopy with just the right amount of sun penetration during the moderate growing season and showed a good balance between yield and quality production. Harvest conditions were also cooler than the mean average and due to this picking started a few days later than usual. This delay was advantageous in the accumulation of bright, pure acids especially malic acid, which resulted in healthy and clean base wines. We started harvesting on 18 January and ended on the 9 February. It was a seamless process of bringing in the night-harvested grapes as healthy whole-bunches into the cellar, where the fruit was gently whole-bunch pressed.
Traditional grape varieties of pinot noir and chardonnay are harvested in the cool of the night. Krone Borealis Cuvée Brut is bottle-fermented and then matures on the lees in the underground cellar.
A vintage characterised by snow and sun. The cool 2021 growing season began with a cooler than average winter. Snow-capped mountains encircling the vineyards radiated white cold. On the palate bubbles like silk, featherweight and buoyant, languidly wrap around winter melon, white peach, fresh pineapple. Wet crystal acidity, limpid and mineral, unwinds along seams of coiled light. Extended lees time (18 months) and a lower level of tirage layers on autolytic biscuity intensity, the satiny mousse ribboning to mineral austerity.
Our flagship Cap Classique evokes a sense of discovery in dining—in a pure and simple way; such as mussels steamed open with seawater; with its distinct line of salinity, the Borealis elevates the oceanic. Minerals and earth; salt-baked; creamy porcini risotto. Simmering comforts of braising chicken, texture and spice.
Vintage Cap Classique bottle-fermented sparkling wine
Alcohol: 11.28% by vol
Residual sugar: 6.7/ℓ
Total acid: 6.3/ℓ
Pinot noir: 27%
Pinot blanc: 6%
Product code: KRO002
Pack size: 6 x 750ml
Bottle barcode: 6005176000018
Case Barcode: 16005176000015
Bottle price (excluding VAT): R135.82
Case price (excluding VAT): R814.89
Bottle price (including VAT): R156.19
Case price (including VAT): R937.12