David Aristargos 2014 750ml
SKU 771020

David Aristargos White Blend 2014

Swartland - Coastal Region - South Africa

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Rated 91 by Robert Parker
The 2014 Aristargos is a blend of 35% Chenin Blanc, 25% Roussanne, 20% Clairette Blanche, 15% Viognier and 5% Sémillon. It has a much more nuanced and engaging bouquet than the straight 2014 Chenin Blanc with dried white flowers, honeysuckle and jasmine aromas, though I would have liked a little more intensity. The palate is well balanced with a refined opening of orange peel and fresh pear, quite pithy on the back palate with peach skin and resinous notes on the complex finish. Drink this over the next 4-6 years. This wine is very fine, though the 2013 has the edge.
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Region: Coastal Region

The coastal region of South Africa is a wonderful place for viticulture. With gorgeously long, hot summer days, tempered by brisk oceanic winds, the grapevines can grow healthily, the fruit can ripen fully, and beautiful wines of great character and flavor can be made. For several hundred years now, the coastal region of South Africa has proven itself to be a highly important wine region, capable of supporting many grape varietals, suitable for still, fortified and sparkling wines. Today, the most popular grapes by far are Chenin Blanc, which produces the most recognizable wines of South Africa. However, also popular are many of the Bordeaux varieties of red and white grape, along with relative newcomers, such as Pinotage, which grow exceptionally well in the coastal terroir.

Country: South Africa

With its hot, long summers and oceanic winds from both the west and the east, South Africa is something of a haven for a wide range of imported grape varietals. Since the mid-18th century, the country has been associated with some very fine wines made using complex and careful blending techniques, with one of the most famous and widely loved early examples being constructed from Pontac, Muscadel and Chenin Blanc varietals. Since those colonial days, the regions around Cape Town have proven again and again to be fantastic areas for producing interesting and delicious wines, with many of the best examples of Champagne style sparkling wines originating from these fertile lands. From the scorchingly hot regions of Orange Rivers, to the far cooler and temperate appellations in Walker Bay, South Africa has developed a booming wine industry responsible for many of the finest New World wines available anywhere across the globe.