Krone Borealis Cuvee Brut MCC 2020
11.5% - South Africa
The scent of ice, cool and mineral on opening. Calling to mind the snow-capped peaks of the Saronsberg of winter 2020, the arc of mountains surrounding the vineyards of Twee Jonge Gezellen. The characteristic oyster shell of the Borealis is there, flinty and intense, alongside powdery white flowers, white peach and crisp green apples. The cooler growing conditions of this vintage resolves with a tight, energetic palate; the fruit is fresh and clean against a chalky texture; limpid peach and melon grow and evolve into glacé pineapple and a whip of lemon curd. Extended lees time (18 months) and a lower level of tirage deliver autolytic biscuity intensity and a fine, persistent bubble, to a long, radiant finish.