David Aristargos 2011

June 22, 2012
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 2 Comments


The maiden vintage 2010 vintage of white blend Aristargos from David Sadie impressed (see here) and the follow-up 2011 is bang on the money again (R145 a bottle from the cellar). It’s a blend of Chenin Blanc (31%) and Viognier (22%) from the Swartland as well as Roussanne (27%)  and Grenache Blanc (20%) from the southern side of the Paardeberg. Pale yellow in colour, it is oxidative in style with a sort of flat beer note on the nose (smells better than it sounds). The palate is rich and complex with layers of flavour including yellow fruit and spice. I found a bit of phenolic grip on the finish which I liked and overall the wine has a noble rusticity about it. Score: 17/20.

Sadie is winemaker at Lemberg and production of his own-label wines in 2011 amounted to just 4 000 bottles. He has worked Waterford, Rustenberg and Saronsberg locally and as well as South Pacific Cellars in New Zealand and Chateau Quinault in St. Emilion and at Yves Cuilleron in the Rhône.

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  1. ChristianJuly 16, 2015 at 1:55 pmReplyAuthor

    Hi Smirrie, Unfortunately I haven’t tasted it recently but I imagine it would still have at least 12 to 24 months ahead of it. For all they hype about SA whites, it’s curious that the industry doesn’t investigate their age-worthiness nearly as much as reds.

  2. SmirrieJuly 16, 2015 at 12:15 pmReply

    Will the 2011 age any more or do you believe it will now be at its peak, Christian?

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