This prestige cuvée Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) sparkling-wine is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. The grapes were carefully selected for best quality and hand-picked in the cool, early hours of the morning. A slow and gentle whole-bunch press was done on the grapes and only the first press fraction (cuvée) / best juice was used from each batch. After settling, the juice was racked and inoculated with yeast for the alcoholic fermentation, and thereafter full malolactic fermentation was completed on all the base wines.
Blended and bottled in 2017, our Aristea MCC Blanc undergoes a lengthy secondary bottle fermentation and maturation period of a minimum of 3 – 4 years on the lees before disgorgement.
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.