Ataraxia

2017 Ataraxia Chardonnay

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2017 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2017 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2017 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2017 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2017 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2017 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2017 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2017 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2017 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2017 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2017 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2017 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2017 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2017 Ataraxia Chardonnay

A world-class South African barrel-fermented Chardonnay from superstar winemaker Kevin Grant.

Tasting Notes 

This stunning Chardonnay has a rich core of fiercely expressive grapefruit, white peach, ripe pear and grilled hazel nuts aromas and flavours. The palate is penetrating and profound yet graceful and poised. A forceful mineral acidity is beautifully balanced by a subtle yet compelling intensity of fruit. A classic length, creaminess and intriguing complexity define this stylish, world-class Chardonnay. 

In the Cellar & Vineyard

As has become the norm in crafting Ataraxia Chardonnay, a minimalist, non-interventionist winemaking approach, geared to reflect sense of place and expression of terroir, was adopted. This wine is 100% barrel fermented and carefully matured in specially selected small French oak barriques sourced exclusively from Burgundian coopers. Fortnightly batonnage was employed throughout the 10-month maturation period.

In the most accurate and faithful way possible, our unapologetically wooded white wine mirrors the terroir in which our Chardonnay vines are grown. In other words, it is an expression of the low vigour, stony, clay-rich Bokkeveld Shale derived soils and the heavily maritime-influenced climate.

What is in a name?

Greek for “a serene state of mind, free from worry and preoccupation”, Ataraxia lives up to the hype. Aptly called The Skyfields, Ataraxia Wines is perfectly positioned on a commanding rise in the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde wine-growing area. Just a short distance from the coastal village of Hermanus, a picture-perfect drive brings you to the most elevated part of these winelands. Here you can experience jaw-dropping vineyard, valley and mountain views: all from the chapel-like Wine Lounge®, while sampling some of the most exciting wines South Africa has to offer.

History

Hemel-en-Aarde is Afrikaans for “heaven and earth” and the claim is justified. Our estate sits on a particularly heavenly stretch of land beneath a lofty peak of the Babylon’s Tower mountain range. In addition to its unrelenting beauty, Ataraxia is home to some of the most spectacular terroirs South Africa has to offer.

In 2004, The Skyfields Farm was visioned into the Ataraxia wine label when husband and wife, Kevin and Hanli Grant and a few friends purchased this 47-hectare prime vineyard property. More than a decade later, they are associated with crafting wines of incredible finesse, balance, and depth.

Specifications

Year 2017
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Chardonnay
Country South Africa
Alcohol content
13.5% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.1 units
Type White Wine
Cellaring Potential 8-10 years
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Ageing
10 months in 225L French oak barrels
Food Matches Lobster tails with herb butter, spicy food, seafood, vegetables, and cheeses such as Cheddar and Gruyere
Origin WO Western Cape
Appellation Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge