David and Nadia Sadie met while studying viticulture and oenology, and soil science and viticulture respectively. They were married in 2009 and made their first wine a year later while still employed. Three years later David resigned and Nadia joined him permanently in 2016 on Paardebosch Farm. They head up their Swartland-driven project focusing on a range of organic, old-vine, dryland bush vine vineyards. They aim to produce fresh, natural wines with minimal intervention. They produce three different ranges of wines of which the the David & Nadia range is one. Most of their grapes come from their winery on the Paardebosch farm with the rest sourced from other Swartland vineyards.
This white blend is made up of Chenin blanc (53%), Clairette blanche (13%), Sémillon (13%), Roussanne (10%), Viognier (9%) and Marsanne (2%). With Old vine Chenin blanc as their main focus, the Aristargos 2018 is Chenin blanc and old vines driven, with younger Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne blended in. Planting dates vary from 1960 until 2013. Granitic Paardeberg soils form the base of some Chenin blanc vineyards, the two Sémillons and Clairette blanche, while the Marsanne, one Viognier vineyard and more Chenin blanc grows in iron rich clay soils on the western side of Malmesbury, blended with more Viognier, Roussanne and more Chenin blanc from the northerly clay-rich soils with, finally, the oldest Chenin blanc vineyard they work with dating back to 1962 planted in deep river bed sandy soils on underlying schist.
The grapes are whole bunch pressed and naturally fermented, matured for 11 months in old French oak barrels. The two Sémillon vineyards were left on their skins for a week before being pressed and matured in a big very old 2 500 L foudres.