Aristea is the brainchild of Martin Krajewski (owner of Clos Cantenac in Saint Emilion and Chateau Seraphine in Pomerol) and Matthew Krone, thirteenth generation winemaker of the eponymous wine brand which only makes vintage Methode Cap Classique wines on their 300 year old Tulbagh farm.
We first introduced Aristea to our range in late 2018 having been especially impressed with their own MCC (no wonder why) and it’s likeness to vintage Krug only for about 90% less per bottle on the current market rate.
Though Matthew has also turned his attention to crafting still wines and has proved himself to be no less skilled at this task. The most recent addition to the range is a Pinot Noir made from highly sought after fruit sourced from Hemel-en-Aarde, the spiritual home of Burgundian varietals in South Africa home to names such as Hamilton Russell, Newton Johnson and Storm.
My tasting note for it is below, which I think speaks for itself…
“Truly exceptional accomplishment from winemaker Matthew Krone. Produced using fruit sourced from the in demand Hemel-en-Aarde region this wine is testament as to why. Almost translucent in the glass with an orange tint to the wine and at only 12.5% abv there is an immediate suggestion of Burgundian influence. This continues with characteristics of macerated red cherry, raspberries and strawberries in harmony with savoury notes such as wet leaves, mushroom pâté, cinnamon, nutmeg and rose petal.”