2014 David & Nadia "Aristargos" White Blend Swartland
Bright yellow. Clove, botanical herbs, honey, fennel and aniseed (the latter note very typical of Paardeberg, says Sadie) on the nose. Juicy, intense and energetic, with yellow fruit and honey flavors framed and lifted by a pungent wild herb character that runs through the wine. Finishes quite firm but not at all dry-edged. Sadie recommends pairing this wine with mild curries. (ST)
The name means 'to be best by serving others'. From 12 different vineyards on decomoposed granite and some of them iron-rich. Not that much nose but an attractive satin texture. Round, polished on the palate with no single one of the many Rhôneish varieties dominating. The finish is slightly but not unattractively, bitter. David plans to plant some Grenache Blanc for this wine.
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.