David & Nadia Aristargos 2020


A blend of Chenin blanc (49%), Roussanne (10%), Sémillon (9%), Marsanne (8%), Clairette blanche (7%), Viognier (6%), Verdelho (5%), Grenache blanc (4%) and Colombar (2%). The Aristargos 2020 shines a spotlight on the granitic soils of the Paardeberg. Chenin blanc from shallow shale soils in the Paardeberg and iron rich clay soils to the west of Malmesbury are also added along with Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Verdelho and Grenache blanc from iron rich clay, lateral shale soils. For the first time, Colombar was also added. Dates that the vineyards were planted range between 1960 and 2013. The grapes were whole-bunch pressed and naturally fermented and then matured for 11 months in old neutral French oak barrels. The grapes from the two Sémilllon vineyards were fermented on their skins for a week before being pressed and matured in a very old 2,500L foudre for a year. The Colombar was also fermented on the skins (for 5 days) and matured in an old oak barrel. One Chenin blanc component was fermented and matured in a concrete egg. In total, the grapes from 17 different vineyards were used, picked on 23 different dates.

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