Summer is fast receeding in the southern hemisphere but fortunately there are still some sunny days to be had and this past Sunday was a pretty perfect day by all accounts…
Just last week the kind people over at Krone had contacted me to find out if I would like to sample a bottle or two of their wines and as luck would have it the wines arrived accompanied by a delicious picnic basket of goodies late on Sunday afternoon just as we were heading out the door to pop in to see some friends…. obviously it was meant to be that I took along the basket of goodies to enjoy together with them in the last rays of summer sunshine.
Krone are well known in South Africa as the producers of a great range of Méthode Cap Classique wines which are created on the 300 year old farm, Twee Jonge Gezellen in Tulbagh, but they also make a lovely wine called Krone Chardonnay Pinot-Noir.
The Chardonnay Pinot Noir is made with 74% Chardonnay and 26% Pinot Noir grapes, which are blended in the true Méthode Cap Classique tradition which means that this wine is almost like a still version of an MCC, ideal for everyday drinking!
What makes this an even more unique wine experience is that it’s the only wine to be produced with a helix cork that has a foil and twists out in much the same way as a champagne cork does. A bit of an #UnexpectedTwist!
This is a refreshing white wine best enjoyed with people you love… which is exactly what we did! Our unexpected, impromptu garden picnic at our friends home was a great way to enjoy a bottle. As this is a great wine to enjoy with Mezze and Mediterranean dishes, the picnic of parma ham, various cheeses, olives, seed crackers and fruit chutneys, was the ideal way to end a Sunday.
Our chilled Sunday afternoon picnic, as unexpected as it was, was really a great way to end the weekend and start a new week in a very relaxed way – something everyone should do more often!
Images: Kathryn Rossiter