The name Krone is not unknown in South Africa when it comes to wine, especially for MCCs of the most superior quality. The Krones were for centuries at Twee Jongezellen in Tulbagh but a series of unfortunate twists of fate saw them losing the place and having to move on.
Young Matthew Krone, who made wine with his father Nicky, told me he was very disheartened at the way things turned out and, to be frank, started drinking only beer. However, as in all stories that have any meaning, he realised that wine was still coursing through his veins and pulled himself together.
Recently he released his first MCC, named for his daughter Alexandra, and as Norma Ratcliffe would say it is a cracker. A delicious blend of 80 per cent Chardonnay and 20 per cent Pinot Noir, the wine was matured on the lees for five years prior to dégorgement.
Fabulously elegant, it has a fine bead that seems to go on forever, and an elegant mousse that conjures up typical notes of brioche on the nose. Matthew says he and his wife Sarah were humbled by the birth of their beautiful daughter and have called the wine Alexandra de la Marque in her honour, and as a symbol of her future and the stock from which she springs.
Says Matthew, “My winemaking heritage of 300 years is not limited to a place or brand, but rather the winemaking philosophy of my family over the years. It is this and my dreams for the future that guarantee the quality of my wines as an independent winemaker.”
This superb MCC is available at WADE Bales Wine Society, Klein Constantia Road, Constantia, www.wadebaleswinesociety.co.za
Words: Greg Landman