2014 David & Nadia "Aristargos" White Blend Swartland SKU #1216484


RP 92 VN 91
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K&L Notes

The David wines are made by up and coming star David Sadie in South Africa's Swartland region. As part of the Swartland Independent group, David is committed to making wines in very natural, non-manipulative, terroir driven style. The "Aristagos" represents the incredible diversity of white grapes flourishing in the region. 35% Chenin, 25% Roussanne, 20% Clairette, 15% Viognier, 5% Semillon. The fruit came from mostly old vineyards from the Southern side of the Paardeberg. The vines grow in decomposed granite soils that create the backbone of freshness in this wine. It was fermented with wild yeast and raised in neutral oak barrels of various size formats.

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  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    For fans of the Sadie wines (like myself), consider this blend of white varietals a similar pleasure at a very reasonable price. The textural richness from the South African chenin blanc is on full display here with flinty, rocky, and stony flavors permeating that core from the terroir of the heavy granite soils. There's still plenty of lift from the acidity on the finish, which is simply wonderful. White wine enthusiasts like myself need to be drinking more white blends from South Africa--period. This wine is exhibit A.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    A member of the Swartland Independent Producers, don't know what that is? Go to their website, it will get you fired up. To lazy to be bothered, buy a bottle of this! 5 different varietals from 12 different vineyard sites, blended together to create their unique expression of the Swartland. The nose is broad and sappy with a pronounced mineral tang. The palate is rich with pure golden fruit and and dusty minerals that just linger and linger on it lip smacking finish.


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