The Krone Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs 2016, a single-vineyard terroir-specific vintage cuvée, has been awarded a DOUBLE GOLD with a score of 93 at the Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge 2021!
GILBERT & GAILLARD
Every year, over 10,000 wines from more than 25 countries are tasted in the Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge. Blind tastings are conducted quarterly by a French tasting panel, chaired by Philippe Gaillard, Francois Gilbert and Sylvain Patard. Gilbert & Gaillard, the French experts on wine, publish their Wine Guide in 9 languages and a wine-themed magazine in France and over 19 countries worldwide. They are now a multimedia group entirely dedicated to wine with a presence in all channels.
KRONE KAAIMANSGAT BLANC DE BLANCS 2016
The Krone Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs 2016 was inspired by the grower Champagne movement in France and is a terroir-driven Blanc de Blancs made in a natural style in small batches. Sculpted by the vintage, it expresses the distinctive character of the iconic 33-year-old high-altitude Kaaimansgat (Crocodile’s Lair) Chardonnay vineyard near Villiersdorp. A site of extremes, the old vines, unirrigated, are located 700m above sea level on the steep foothills of the mountain, deep inside a blind valley in the cool-climate Elandskloof ward in the Overberg.
Gilbert & Gaillard’s Tasting Notes
Yellow straw. Sour dough, biscotti and a hint of smoky toast. Palate is fresh, lively with a fresh apple and white pear note. Lively and youthful with a slight nutty note on the finish. Complex and rich with a lingering acidity on the aftertaste. Great! – Gilbert & Gaillard
The pure nature of this MCC calls for authentic food of the highest simplicity. Shellfish roasted over wingerdstok, cracked open and served with farm-egg mayonnaise; baked oysters dressed with burnt butter; primal flavours and cooking techniques, such as whole trout grilled on a cedar-plank; refined yet down to earth, pork cheeks with caramelised apples; grass-fed T-bone accompanied by foraged mushrooms; Dalewood Huguenot soufflé; whole cauliflower roasted in terracotta; MCC poached pears with clotted cream.
Krone Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs 2016, distinctively packaged in a jet-black bottle with matching gift box, is available for purchase at the estate, online at
and is widely available nationally at select liquor retailers and grocers.
Approximate retail price: R560
VINTAGE ONLY CREATION
The making of vintage-only Krone Cap Classique is a commitment to the vintage showcasing the character of each harvest and celebrating a moment in time and place, the unique hallmarks of every vintage as directed by nature: from soil to vine to bottle. Each vintage tells a story. The Krone winemaking team channels the rain, the sun, the wind into structure, complexity and balance – and seals it all with a cork.
TWEE JONGE GEZELLEN
Established in 1710, a national monument with over 300 years of history, Twee Jonge Gezellen in Tulbagh is the treasured home of Krone, a collection of vintage-only, terroir-driven Méthode Cap Classiques handcrafted in the traditional method in Krone’s historic underground cellar from the finest most distinctive grapes.
Family-owned, the Rands family purchased the farm in 2012. Brother and sister, Svend and Abigail are involved intimately in all aspects of the estate, from vineyard plantings to marketing. Cellarmaster Rudiger Gretschel leads the winemaking division, a renowned Cape winemaker he pours his considerable knowledge into both the viticulture as well as the vinification, working seamlessly alongside Cap Classique specialist and head winemaker Stephan de Beer.
In 2017 the historic estate was reimagined with the interior design being inspired by its rich heritage and original architecture. Today, after lengthy restoration, the farm is both redolent of its history as well as burgeoning with contemporary relevance.
TASTING ROOM & GALLERY OPENING HOURS
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 16:00
Twee Jonge Gezellen is closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Tel: 023 230 0680