Tulbagh, South Africa
The Twee Jonge Gezellen Estate, located around 125 km from Cape Town, was established in 1710. The estate lies in the north western corner of the Tulbagh region and the vineyards are on the east-facing slopes of the Saron Peak mountain. Winemaker and Owner Nicky Krone farms naturally and the estate is known for its “healthier” wines.
Mary Krone took me through their sparkling wines in May 2006.
2000 Krone MCC Cuvée
Rosé Brut, W.O. Tulbagh, South Africa, Twee Jonge
Made from only the free-run juice from pinot noir from clones from Champagne blended with some chardonnay. This was disgorged the week before I tasted it and was brought over as hand luggage. There is soft, gentle, strawberry fruit on the nose. Fairly full-bodied on the palate, but with a big prickle on the tongue. This is round and has a very creamy feel on the palate. Very good finish. Very Good Indeed. 90/100
2000 Krone Borealis, W.O.
Tulbagh, South Africa, Twee Jonge Gezellen, 12%
This is their flagship wine. It is a blend of 55% pinot noir and 45% chardonnay, and is made from free-run juice only. This bottle was disgorged three months previously. This has an interesting, biscuity, autolytic nose. Very gentle palate: creamy, fairly rich, fairly full and round. This is very decent stuff and very good, if not living up to the billing it has in some quarters. Very Good. 88/100
NV The Rosé Brut, Night
Harvested, W.O. Tulbagh, Twee Jonge Gezellen, 12%
Mary Krone explained that this is a blend of pinot noir, chardonnay and a bit of chenin. It’s a much deeper colour than the Krone Rosé. There are lemony and musky scents on the nose. On the palate, it’s a touch simple, but represents good value. Very Good. 86/100
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Last updated: 1 August 2007