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David Aristargos 2012

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Full of life.
Full of life.

David Sadie has opted for reduced responsibilities at Lemberg in Tulbagh and will be moving to the Swartland to concentrate more on the wines that he makes with his wife Nadia under boutique label “David”. A review of the current releases:

Chenin Blanc 2012
Price: R150
11 months in 300-litre barrels, none new. Peach flavour upfront before a salty finish. Not too thick textured and bright acidity. Surprisingly clean and precise for an oxidative Swartland white.

Score: 88/100.

Aristargos 2012
Price: R150
48% Chenin Blanc, 21% Viognier, 20% Clairette Blanche, 10% Chardonnay. 11 months in 300-litre barrels, none new. White and yellow peach and spice. Good fruit definition, vivid acidity. Not as rich and immediate as the 2011 vintage but arguably possesses greater delicacy and finesse.

Score: 92/100.

Grenache 2012
Price: R175
Includes 10% Syrah. 12 months in 300-litre barrels, none  new. Huge step up on 2011. Wild strawberry and spice aromas and flavours. Medium to light-bodied with pure fruit, really fresh acidity and fine-grained tannins. Very accessible.

Score: 90/100.

Elpidios 2011
Price: R250
50% Syrah, 32% Grenache, 13% Carignan, 5% Cinsaut. 20 months in a combination of 300-litre and 500-litre barrels, none new. Black fruit, some earthiness, liquorice and spice. Medium bodied which is not to say insubstantial. Fresh acidity and relatively firm tannins. A wine of some intrigue.

Score: 91/100.

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