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David & Nadia - Aristargos 2016


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Swartland
  • Wine Maker: David & Nadia Sadie
  • Grape: Chenin Blanc
  • Grape Percentage: Chenin blanc (50%), Viognier (20%), Roussanne (12%), Sémillon (10%) Clairette blanche (8%).
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2024
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 92 (2015) JR: 17 (2016) VS: 91 (2014) WE: 90 (2015) TA: 96 (2016) GS: 96 (2016)

Wine tasting notes

Broad and creamy fruit on the attack with remarkable vigour and tension through to the finish. Very seductive. Ripe red apples, peaches and white flowers jostle with layers of bright, trembling citrus fruit. Great vibrancy and definition. Classy, stylish fruit with bags of character and intensity.

Winery Information

David & Nadia

David & Nadia Sadie, an enviably successful young husband and wife team, are one of the top wine producers in the Swartland, and regarded amongst the most exciting in South Africa. Both are qualified in viticulture and oenology; David a Swartland native and Nadia a bright and dynamic Australian. Jointly establishing the winery in 2010 with a clear long-term ambition, the David & Nadia project became a full-time reality when David finally downed tools at his former job in 2013. Nadia joined.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015)92 pts

The 2015 Aristargos is a blend of 35% Chenin Blanc, 23% Roussanne, 15% Clairette Blanche, 19% Viognier and 8% Semillon. It has a captivating bouquet with lanolin, pressed flower and subtle nectarine aromas. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, lively and vibrant with nuanced fresh ginger and lemongrass notes that impart a judicious spiciness towards the finish. The 2014 was excellent and this might be even better. (2016)17 pts

March 2018 - Grapes from twelve different Swartland vineyards are used (the age of the Chenin blanc vineyard vary from 33 to 49 years and the Sémillon was planted in 1960 and 1972), mostly bush vines and dry land farmed. 50% Chenin Blanc, 20% Viognier, 12% Roussanne, 10% Sémillon, 8% Clairette Blanche. The grapes are whole-bunch pressed and cold settling is allowed for the juice before racking into barrel for spontaneous fermentation (including malolactic fermentation). The Sémillon is kept on the skins for a few days. The wines age in old 300-litre French barrels. Total production 9,065 bottles, pH 3.48, RS 2.6 g/l, TA 5.2 g/l, yield: 2-4.5 t/ha, TSO2 108 mg/l. Smells nutty and herbal. Tastes of honeyed almonds and thyme. Waxy richness and roundness with candied orange peel and ginger. Sweet Williams pears. Full and reverberating. (TC)

Vinous/Stephen Tanzer (2014)91 pts

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.

Wine Enthusiast (2015)90 pts

A blend of 35% Chenin Blanc, 23% Roussanne, 15% Clairette, 19% Viognier and 8% Sémillon, this is dense and softly toasty upfront, with seductive notes of baked apple, pressed yellow flowers, dried orange peel, straw and lanolin. The palate is similarly lush and decadent, though with an ample seam of acidity to keep it all in check. Drink now–2022.

Tim Atkin (2016)96 pts

From 12 vineyards and five varieties - Chenin with Roussanne, Clairette, Viognier and Semillon - this comes mostly from granite soils and is like a distillation of the Paardeberg. Leesy, smoky and flinty, with notes of oatmeal, stone fruit and vanilla spice, it’s wonderfully assured and light on its feet. 2018-24

Greg Sherwood MW (2016)96 pts

Chenin Blanc +- 50% / Roussanne / Clairette Blanc / Semillon 10-12%. Another dry vintage that saw very low yields and earlier picking to preserve acidity resulting in lower alcohols in general. This wine is already very aromatically expressive showing waxy incense, bruised red apples, yellow peaches, and pineapple pastille opulence. The 2016 incorporates the fleshy, harmonious breadth of the 2014 with the tension, intensity and linearity of the 2015, finishing with beautifully cool, stoney yellow fruits and a dry mineral expression. Immaculate balance. A great success for the vintage. Seek this wine out!

Vinification Notes

The grapes are whole bunch pressed and cold settling is allowed for the juice before racking into barrel for spontaneous fermentation (including malolactic fermentation). The Sémillon is kept on the skins for a few days. The wines age from vintage to vintage in old 300 L French barrels.