This post is owed to a fellow Twitterite who inspired me to go sparkling, as it has been quite some time since I’ve indulged in bubbles for bubbles sake. (We should all do this.) So, after perusing my sparkling blog choices, I went with a sparkling rosé from South Africa, Krone Vintage Rosé Cuvée 2014, mainly because I have never had a sparkling from this wine region before.

South Africa has always been known for its Chenin Blanc, Syrah and, of course, Pinotage, but I never drew South Africa and sparkling wine in the same breath, when in fact South African sparkling wine exports have grown by 10%, over the past two years and shows no sign of a slow down.

The House of Krone, the producers of Krone Vintage Rosé Cuvée, is located in South Africa’s Tulbagh Valley and sits protected at the foot of a mountain. They attribute their location to much of the vineyards health.

…the predominantly good weather that Tulbagh is blessed with during most of the growing season. The grapes ripen early without rot settling in. This allows us to pick our bubbly grapes early in the harvest season before the real heat waves of summer hit. Secondly, the harvest is done at night here. This ensures that we are picking the grapes at optimum condition and under optimum conditions. Thirdly we stick to what we do best

On colour, the Krone Vintage Rosé Cuvée 2014 holds a pale pink hue. On the palate, you’ll find this traditional method sparkling wine quite refreshing and complex. Tastes of pomegranate, cherry, red apple and a touch of bitters are present.

On top of a refreshing juicy mouthfeel with textured acidity, the Krone Vintage Rosé Cuvée 2014 is abundant with dancing bubbles that seem to not give up. This wine is not only affordable, it is a stimulating sparkling choice that should not be overlooked when longing for a little bubbles to shake things up.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $18.95

We gave this wine a score of 4 out of 5

Pairing: we paired this sparkling with oysters