2018 Ataraxia Chardonnay

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2018 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2018 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2018 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2018 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2018 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2018 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2018 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2018 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2018 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2018 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2018 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2018 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2018 Ataraxia Chardonnay
2018 Ataraxia Chardonnay

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.

Tasting Notes 

Made using uncomplicated (not simple) winemaking techniques, this is an athletic, chiseled and precise wine. It embraces the very adult tastes of salinity, brininess and minerality, all of which are the hallmarks of the great and classic white wines of the world. 

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 defines 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.

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.

Accolades

  • Joint Best White Wine Trophy Award winner in The Wine Merchants Top 100 in the UK. “Chiselled and focused it is intense yet subtle. Hints of warmed tropical fruits, gentle peach and vanilla.”

Specifications

Year 2018
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