Krone, Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs 750ml 2016

South Africa, Kaaimansgat
In stock
Only 3 left
SKU
KroneKaaimansgatBlancDeBlancs201610062019
R500
Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs is available to buy in increments of 1

Critic Score

90
CE

Free nationwide delivery for orders over R1,500

Safe and secure online shopping with 8 ways to pay

Need buying advice? Speak to one of our experts. Call +27 21 448 4105

Orders shipped from our cellar within 1 working day

Rudiger Gretschel, the chief winemaker at Krone Méthode Cap Classique house, aims for the stars with the release of their new flagship MCC. After many visits to Champagne, Rudiger decided to focus on a single-vineyard cuvée, cast in the mould of Grower Champagne over a Grande Marque-style blend. The 2016 Krone Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs reflects this incredible Elandskloof vineyard, lying at 700m above sea level, near Villiersdorp. The continental climate and high altitude allow the grapes to ripen later and retain a razor-sharp acidity.

Only 3,000 bottles of this lean, pure-fruited, limey style of extra-brut MCC were produced in 2016. It was aged for 3 years on the lees without malolactic and indeed does show more of a visceral, rather than opulent, character. It is elegant and fine-moussed with a nice balance of savouriness and minerality.

Tasting notes:
'At R500 a bottle, the Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs 2016 is the top of the range offering from Méthode Cap Classique dedicated cellar Krone. Grapes from Elandskloof situated at 700m above sea level, the wine was left on the lees for 36 months before disgorgement. The nose shows a pronounced apple character to go with hints of brioche and almond while the palate is lean and steely with a fine mousse. It’s rather an extreme rendition which will divide opinion – I happen to like it.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 90/100

'Pale gold. Aromas of mandarin peel and the distinct citrus-floral scent of verbena develop gradually into classic white-fruited chardonnay elegance. Cool, pure pink lady apples evolve on the palate edged with a flinty finish, as if cut by a steel knife. The precise, taut nature of the wine expresses the character of the vintage—a steely framework to support its full, soft mousse along a grain of toast with hints of oatmeal in the background. With its defined, linear acidity this Blanc de Blancs is restrained in its youth and will develop further in the bottle, becoming more biscuity as it ages.' – Winemaker

Winemakers notes:
The making of vintage-only Krone MCC is directed by nature: from soil to vine to bottle. Our winemaking team channels the rain, the sun, the wind into structure, complexity and balance—and seals it all with a cork. The site-specific rocky soils of Tulbagh are like nowhere else in the Cape Winelands. This is our bedrock for making great Cap Classique. Traditional grape varieties (Chardonnay & Pinot Noir) are picked early in the season and are night-harvested under the light of the stars.

These methods help the grapes to retain a high natural acidity and low sugar content. The night-harvested grapes are then whole-bunch pressed. The grapes are also pressed quickly to preserve the aromatics as well as the clarity of the juice. Only free-run juice is used. Each grape variety is fermented individually in tanks and the first fermentation produces a low-alcohol base-wine. This fermentation lasts for a period of approximately four months, once complete the different base wine batches are blended and bottled. Krone MCC is made in classic bottle-fermented style with maturation on the lees in our underground cellar.

More Information
Bottle Size750ml
StyleSparkling
CountrySouth Africa
RatingCE 90
Drink ToDrink or cellar
PriceR500.00
ProducerKrone
RegionKaaimansgat
VarietyChardonnay
Write Your Own Review
You're reviewing:Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs

Shipping information

Wine Cellar ships throughout South Africa. See our shipping guidelines below.

FREE SHIPPING:
Available on all orders over R1,500, excluding event tickets. The expected delivery times are the same as 'Standard door-to-door' below.

STANDARD DOOR-TO-DOOR:
Shipping fees are calculated on the delivery ‘street code’ provided during checkout.

  • Cape Town & surrounds: 1 – 2 working days
  • Joburg, Pretoria, PE & Bloemfontein: 3 – 4 working days
  • Durban & regional areas: 4 – 5 working days

COLLECTION (Cape Town only):
Orders are available for free collection at our Cape Town office only. You will be notified as soon as your order is ready for collection.

CELLARING:
Wine Cellar offers professional wine storage at our premises in Cape Town. If you are not an existing cellaring client, please view our rates and set up an account by visiting our cellaring page.

JOHANNESBURG ONR:
For this special overnight road service, orders must be placed before 13h00 SAST. The order will be delivery by the close of business the following working day.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING:
We use a third party courier for international shipping. Please contact info@winecellar.co.za for the rates and delivery options.

More Wines from this producer

We can't find products matching the selection.

AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com  |  AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com  |  CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za  |  DEC: Decanter  |  GS: Greg Sherwood MW  |  JR: JancisRobinson.com  |  NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show  |  PG: Platter's Guide  |  TA: Tim Atkin MW  |  WA: Wine Advocate  |  WE: Wine Enthusiast  |  WS: Wine Spectator