Krone Borealis Cuveé Brut Cap Classique 2019

Krone Borealis Cuveé Brut Cap Classique 2019
£18.00 / bottle£205.20 / case (12 bottles)

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Grape variety: Chardonnay
Wine Type: Sparkling Wine & Champagne
Country: South Africa
Grape variety: Pinot Blanc
Grape variety: Pinot Noir
Wine style: Bubbly
Wine Type: New Wines
Drink: Now to 2026
ABV: 11.47%

Tasting Notes

This champagne-style sparkling wine is produced from champagne grapes, Chardonnay (67%) and Pinot Noir (27%) with a dash of Pinot Bianco or Pinot Blanc (6%) for its spice and refreshing acidity. If you find the bready, brioche notes of some champagne-style wines a bit too much, this could be the bubbly for you as the fruit flavours and aromas dominate - on the nose, green apples, pears with a hint of toffee and a hint of sea breeze salinity. On the palate riper red apple flavours come forward and the green apple acidity remains in harmony with salted caramel notes that linger on the long, crisp finish. Night harvesting and cold fermentation help to preserve the fresh fruit flavours of the grapes. Ageing the wine on its lees for at least 12 months in an underground cellar turning it by hand as is done in the champagne houses helps the wine develop a lovely creamy texture. This is a delicious bottle of bubbly! 

Cap Classique is the term used in South Africa for its sparkling wines produced using the champagne or traditional method i.e. a second alcoholic fermentation is undertaken in the bottle (rather than in a tank) to create the bubbles. Krone Borealis Cuvée Brut is produced on a 300-year-old estate called Twee Jonge Gezellen in Tulbagh, in the Western Cape area of South Africa. Krone only make Cap Classique wines and, with celebrated South African oenologist Rudiger Gretschel (who is also cellar master at Reyneke) in charge of the winemaking, Krone has made a name for itself as South Africa’s best-known Cap Classique producer. Krone focus on terroir and vintage meaning that their wines are not made to a “recipe”, consistent year on year, but reflect the particular characteristics of the single vineyard from which the grapes are picked and the particular vintage. In 2019 the drought-plagued region saw some rain after five years without and saw what Rudiger described as “a vintage we’ll remember for some time to come.”

Food Pairing

Drink on its own or with canapés, smoked salmon, caviar, shellfish including lobster, fish, chicken, turkey and desserts especially fruit based desserts such as sorbet

Producer's Notes

"Iridescent pale gold. Oyster shell and sea-breeze aromatics on entry lead to bright green orchard apples, white blossoms, lemon flesh and a treacle hit of salted caramel. The Borealis presents deft and athletic on the palate with a creamy, fine-textured mousse. Yellow apples, kumquat and naartjie evolve with a touch of lemon meringue framing an iodine core; taut and true to 2019’s growing conditions, the acidity is firm and cleansing, revealing white ginger root on the finish."


90 points     Natalie MacLean
"... Look for white summer florals, orange zest, ginger and briny mineral flavours creamy and zesty on the palate..."

Champagne-style sparkling wine made in South Africa by the champagne method from champagne grapes, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir but with a dash of Pinot Bianco or Pinot Blanc for its spice and refreshing acidity. Great value vintage sparkling wine!

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