The wine is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot from the 2018 vintage. The fruit was carefully selected and hand-picked in the early hours of the morning into lug-boxes, and placed into a cold-room at 5˚C and left overnight. The bunches were then de-stemmed and crushed separately into open fermenters and covered with CO2 to cold-soak for 12 hours. The following day the juice was inoculated with yeast and alcoholic fermentation took place at 25˚C for the next 6 days, with regular punch-downs of 4 to 6 times per day.At 1˚Balling the wine was carefully racked into a tank while the skins were lightly pressed for gentle juice extraction. The wine was then transferred into barrels for malolactic fermentation and thereafter aged for 18 months in 25% new, 40% 2nd-fill and 35% 3rd-fill French oak barrels.
Aristea is a partnership between three friends that have dared to dream of making the finest wines possible from the ancient lands of the Western Cape. Wines that not only capture their long years of combined experience, but wines that will also reflect their individual identity and bring great happiness.
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.
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