David & Nadia Aristargos 2020 Bottle size: 1500ml

South Africa, Swartland
R770
In stock
(Only 6 left)
95
CE
Large format
'49% Chenin Blanc, 10% Roussanne, 9% Semillon, 8% Marsanne, 7% Clairette Blanche, 6% Viognier, 5% Verdelho, 4% Grenache Blanc and, for the first time, 2% Colombard – nine varieties drawn from 17 different vineyards and involving 23 pickings. The nose shows a hint of reduction before stone fruit, dried herbs, a little waxy character, earth and spice while the palate has great depth and texture for a wine with an alcohol of just 12.5%. Layers of flavour, nicely integrated acidity and a gently savoury finish.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100

'The Aristargos 2020 is yet again predominantly both Chenin blanc and Old Vines driven (Chenin blanc, Sémillon, Clairette blanche and Colombar), and the focus remains on the granitic soils of the Paardeberg. Chenin blanc from shallow shale soilsin the Paardeberg and iron rich clay soils to the west of Malmesbury are also added along with Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Verdelho and Grenache blanc from iron rich clay, lateral shale soils. For the first time, Colombar was also added. Planting dates vary from 1960 until 2013. The grapes were whole bunch pressed and naturally fermented and then matured for 11 months in old neutral French oak barrels. The grapes from the two Sémilllon vineyards were fermented on their skins for a week before being pressed and matured in a very old 2 500 L foudre for a year. The Colombar was also fermented on the skins (for 5 days) and matured in an old oak barrel. One Chenin blanc component was fermented and matured in a concrete egg. In total the grapes from 17 different vineyards were used, picked on 23 different dates.' – David & Nadia Sadie, Winemakers

Tasting notes on the 2019 vintage:
'I did a double take when I realised this was the tenth vintage of Aristargos - 2010 seems like yesterday - but what a great and reliable wine it has become. Chenin-based with 50% Clairette, Semillon, Roussanne, Viognier, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and Verdelho, it's wonderfully complex and layered, with pear, citrus and herbal notes, a hint of peach and a long, stony finish. Drink 2021-27.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 94/100

'Chenin (47%) leads complex 2019. Skin-contact semillon (13%) plus clairette, viognier, roussanne, marsanne, verdelho & grenache blanc. Spicy, succulent, engaging yet dry & structured. Vivacious & riveting in use of old oak, native yeasts, low sulphur, like all in range.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (93/100)
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker David & Nadia Sadie
Alcohol 12.5%
Body Medium-bodied
Blend information 49% Chenin Blanc, 10% Roussanne, 9% Sémillon, 8% Marsanne, 7% Clairette Blanche, 6% Viognier, 5% Verdelho, 4% Grenache Blanc and 2% Colombar
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Blend
Rating CE 95
Technical analysis RS: 2.2 g/L | TA: 5.3 g/L | PH: 3.34
Producer information David and Nadia Sadie head up their Swartland-driven project with passion while focusing on a range of organic, old-vine, dry land bush vine vineyards. They aim to produce fresh, natural wines with minimal intervention. They produce three different ranges of wines; the David & Nadia range, Topography range and Single vineyards range. Most of their grapes come from their winery on the Paardebosch farm with the rest sourced from other Swartland vineyards.
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