Invited industry guests and selected members of the media gathered in Woodstock, Cape Town on Monday for an afternoon of fine dining to celebrate the release of the first Krone R.D. (2001 vintage). 

The Farm

The landmark Twee Jonge Gezellen farm located in Tulbagh is home to Krone. Established in 1710, this historical gem of a farm is one of the oldest in the Western Cape and boasts the first underground cellar in Africa. Harvesting only at night to preserve grape quality, their gentle approach extends into the maturing process, hand-turning each bottle daily. A full functioning farm, organic produce harvested from the farm was used to create a dinning experience like no other.

From left: Krone ready for tasting \ Oysters prepared by Ash Heeger \ WHATIFTHEWORLD

The R.D.

The elegance of the 2001 R.D.  is indisputable. Prepared and executed with pose and precision the Méthode Cap Classique is perfection. This vintage release boasts an impressive 15 years in the underground cellar at Twee Jonge Gezellen before disgorgement took place. (*disgorgement: is a core process in the traditional method when making sparkling wine).

“Elegant, classic biscuity bouquet with creaminess and fine, persistent mousse. Freshness of ripe pears and delicate pecan nut notes in the foreground and a refreshing finish”

Alcohol: 11% by vol RS: 4.6g/l
pH: 3.1
Total Acid: 6.6g/l

From left: Mervyn Gers studio / Krone RD launch at WHATIFTHEWORLD gallery / Twee Jonge Gezellen home to Krone

The Chef

Ash Heeger from the chic charcoal-dining eatery, Ash, in Cape Town wowed guest with a 5 course menu inspired by the tasting notes of the R.D. Havesting from the Twee Jonge Gezellen farm and foraging from the West Coast – a culinary experience of note was created.  To tantalise your tastebuds we give you a preview of the second course of the day:

Cured Trout

Beetroot and Lime Cure, Pickled Samphire, Fresh Ice Plant, Smoked Cream Cheese, Pickled and Fresh Beets


The Space & Furniture & Ceramicists

Collaborating with WHATIFTHEWORLD and Gregor Jenkin the gallery space with it’s vast space and echo like acoustics made for a theatrical backdrop. Jenkin’s surrealist furniture acted as a base for still lifes brought to life with fresh ingredients, perfectly harmonious with crisp white ceramics and sculptures by some of the countries most renowned ceramicists. A monochrome space, Dali – like in it’s aesthetics  – was intended to make you pause. Fresh honeycomb, oysters and oversized cabbages were beautifully showcased with the help of whimsical pieces by Ceramics Matters and Michael Chandler. Ash’s 5 course meal was paired with ceramic maverick Mervyn Gers‘ hand-made matt white plates, no two alike.


The Stylists

Working closely with Krone, styling duo Ilana Swanepoel and Sanri Pienaar wanted to create a theatrical experience, a curated event that would captivate all the senses.

From Left: Mervyn Ger Studio / Twee Jonge Gezellen home to Krone
Ash Heeger in the process of plating the second course / Gregor Jenkin spectacular furniture sets the scene

Event images by Kate Mcluckie


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