Always exciting when a new range of wines appears on the market. Even more exciting is that the winemaker of the range, Matthew Krone, is an 11th generation winemaker. In recent times, the Krone family have made major contributions to the wine industry. Matthew’s grandfather, the iconic NC Krone was one of the early pioneers of cold fermentation. His father Nicky was one of the first who started harvesting his wine grapes at night to capture all the properties of the grapes, and went on to produce a leading Methode Cap Classique. My Advent Calendar #13 wine is The Aristea Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage 2015 with its Chardonnay sister, is produced by a partnership of Matthew Krone with Martin Krajewski and Florent Dumeau. Martin, former owner of Château de Sours, now owns two chateaux in Bordeaux and one producer in Australia. Florent, is a graduate of Bordeaux University now consults in many winegrowing countries in the north and southern hemisphere.
Born from the ashes and found only in Madagascar and the Cape, the Aristea flower flourishes on land ravaged by fire, opening for just one day each year. It also symbolises the struggle, passion and dedication required to produce every new vintage of our special collection of handmade wines. Wines that express a sense of place, crafted with skill and adventure by friends united in a single purpose: to capture the elegance and spirit of South Africa – perfect for my Advent Calendat #13 wine.
Winemaking processes and elevation are classical. Early morning hand picking in the Stellenbosch Golden Triangle, then chilling in the cellar. The following day, the bunches were de-stemmed and crushed into open fermentation tanks and covered with carbon dioxide to cold-soak for 12 hours for high extraction. After inoculation, punch downs took place 4 to 6 times a day for gentle extraction of colour, flavour and tannins. The wine was racked to a tank and the skins gently pressed. Taken to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, and afterwards to a mix of a third each of new, 2nd-fill and 3rd-fill French oak barrels, for 18 months. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shape bottle with a natural cork closure. The label has an illustration of and Aristea in full bloom painted by well-known local botanical artist Vicki Thomas [click]. In the glass, it is an Indian ink black red which pales slightly, but only slightly on the rim. Everything you want from a fine Cabernet you’ll find on the nose. Rich oak led whiffs of blackberries, Cassis, bloodplums and lead pencil. This lighter touch Cabernet from entry is all deeply flavoured black and red spiced sappy fruits. There’s a golden thread of gentle acidity around which the cashmere clad tannins, oak and fruit are wrapped. Long, satisfying and gently waning ending.
No doubt where you’ll find this wine. Next to your favourite cut of well cooked beef [that’s well cooked, not well done]. Your Turkey may be stuffed with sausage and your gammon may well have a rich fruity sauce. Aristea Cabernet Sauvignon is your go to wine.
There is also a Chardonnay partner to this wine, about more of which I will write later.
Read more about Aristea Wines – CLICK HERE