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Introducing Krone Cap Classique: vintage-only South African bottle-fermented sparkling wines poised to make their mark on the U.K scene through its distinctive terroir, commitment to traditional methods and boundary-defying artist programme.

Located on the 300-year-old Twee Jonge Gezellen estate, the site-specific rocky soils of Tulbagh are unparalleled in the Cape winelands. Purchased by the Rands family in 2012, siblings Svend and Abigail Rands have brought the farm back to life. The family works closely with cellarmaster Rudiger Gretschel, the winemaker responsible for bringing site-specific Cap Classique to South Africa, as well as head winemaker Stephan de Beer, whose passion for the alchemic nature of Cap Classique has been crucial to the estate’s philosophy of being guided by nature.

Grapes are handpicked at night, a harvest tradition that preserves flavour and acidities. The grapes then undergo a cold fermentation, the method pioneered in South Africa by Krone, which maintains the natural acidity and purity of the fruit. With four pours available, the Borealis Cuvée Brut (£16.99 per bottle) is the collection's flagship cuvée. Cooler-than-average temperatures during harvest time made the 2021 vintage particularly fresh with flavours of melon, peach and pineapple, biscuity notes from 18 months lees ageing, and a crisp, saline minerality. The Amphora Blanc De Blancs (£36) is the brand’s most exclusive option. Naturally fermented in amphora, zero-dosage and bottled unfiltered on the lees, for a pure unmasked expression of chardonnay, there are tasting notes of citrus, apples and pears. The 24 months of maturation also imbues the sparkling wine with a delicate, chalky structure.

Celebrating the contemporary while paying tribute to heritage has been reflected in the way Krone has established themselves in the art world. The Krone X WHATIFTHEWORLD gallery opened on the farm in 2018, with the launch of their non-profit artist residencies following in 2019. The programme has provided a space for artists, such as Inga Somdyala, Wezile Harmans and Nabeeha Mohammed, to create ambitious works and installations without the pressure of commercial outcome.

Abigail says on the programme, "Engaging with art opens up new horizons, much like starting a relationship with an intelligent person. By championing the arts and fostering a space for creative expression, Krone continues to make a meaningful impact on both the artistic community and society at large.”


The shelf life of Krone’s Cap Classique sparkling wines is 10-12 years when stored correctly.Available to purchase nationwide:

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