This rosé blew me away

2016 AristeaThis South African sparkler is a world-class rosé and stunning value to boot, says Matthew Jukes.


2016 Aristea, Mthode Cap Classique Ros BrutStellenbosch, South Africa £25.95, reduced to £24 until the end of October, Private Cellar, 01353 721999, PrivateCellar.co.uk

You may remember that I went nuts about the inaugural, 2016 vintage of Aristea chardonnay this time last year. Well, 12 months on and this pioneering enterprise has released five brand new wines.

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The new 2017 vintage of chardonnay is even finer than its predecessor, as is the 2016 cabernet which embeds even more depth of fruit into its core. Alongside these two beauties, there is a daring 2017 sauvignon blanc/semillon blend, which sets the bar staggeringly high, and two fascinating sparklers.

Martin Krajewski's (of Chteau Sraphine, Pomerol and Clos Cantenac, Saint-Emilion fame) Cape Odyssey has rocketed away from the blocks and winemaker Matt Krone (of the 12th-generation wine dynasty), ably assisted by French winemaking guru Florent Dumeau, is already working wonders. The 2015 Mthode Cap Classique Blanc is a dreamy wine with luxurious fruit, but it is my featured ros that blew me away.

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I am immensely fussy about sparkling ros, but this wine is not just an impressive South African fizz, it is also a world-class ros and it is stunning value to boot. All of the wines in the portfolio cost between £25 and £30 and the opening offer period knocks a few quid off each bottle. I would urge you to taste them all and you will see why Martin was so confident of success when he set up this inspirational new label.

Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (MatthewJukes.com).




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