It’s thumbs up at TOKARA as the 2021 harvest kicks off in all earnest with the first Chardonnay headed for the cellar at this esteemed family owned Stellenbosch wine estate.

All indications point to an exceptional harvest which is good news for wine producers who have had to endure their share of hardship since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic at the apex of the 2020 harvest.

The Cap Classique Producers Association has recently re-positioned its marketing objectives to highlight the importance of time in the making of fine South African bubbly. The change occurs simultaneously to a drive for changes in local legislation governing the production of Cap Classique, and for which the CCPA are lobbying. All very positive indeed.

Krone, home to vintage-only, handcrafted Méthode Cap Classique, on the historic Twee Jonge Gezellen estate in Tulbagh, have released South Africa’s first terroir specific MCC: the Krone Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs 2016. Sculpted by the vintage and harnessing the intrinsic energy of the iconic Kaaimansgat (Crocodile’s Lair) Chardonnay vineyard near Villiersdorp, this single-vineyard terroir-specific vintage cuvée is rooted in time and place.