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 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.