Western Cape Aristea
Martin Krajewski of Clos Cantenac and Château Séraphine in Bordeaux; Matt Krone, 12th generation South African wine maker; and Florent Dumeau, former Technical Director of SARCO Laboratories in Bordeaux, came together with one thought in mind: “To produce exceptional wines that encapsulate the wild spirit and raw beauty of this wonderful land and that make people smile.” This ‘wonderful land’ happens to be the Western Cape of South Africa, home to the Aristea flower, opening for just one day and native only to the Cape and Madagascar.
Vineyards and Vinification
Owning no vineyards of their own, Aristea has joined the band of elite producers who buy only the best fruit from top producers in order to make a very limited production. At Aristea, they have set a maximum of 6,000 bottles of each wine in any one year, but they buy in enough fruit to make three times that in order to give themselves the choice at the time of blending.
To the south of Stellenbosch lies the Golden Triangle, bounded by the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountains and home to more top South African reds than would seem possible, and it is from here that the fruit for Aristea Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced. The grapes for their Chardonnay come from the Cape Doctor cooled vineyards on the eastern flank of Stellenbosch, whilst their Sauvignon / Semillon blend comes from cool-climate Elgin, so delicious one of our customers recently declared it the “best wine I have had for years!” (F.A - 2019)
We also list their Méthode Cap Classique Rosé, a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that is limited to only 4,000 bottles. A beautifully vibrant pink sparkling wine that we can’t recommend highly enough.
Find their website here: www.aristeawines.com