2020 Ataraxia Serenity

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2020 Ataraxia Serenity
92 Points Tim Atkin
'Formerly a Rhône style blend, this is now an equal marriage of Pinotage's two parents: Cinsault from Stellenbosch and Pinot Noir from the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. Lightly wooded in 21% new oak, it's floral, scented and refined, with some granitic grip, spicy tannins and a core of bramble and hibiscus flavours. 2023-28.'

Tasting Notes

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.


A wine that possesses a finely scented, vibrant nose with hints of red berry fruit and intriguing mineral and spicy notes. 


Mouth-watering and polished grape tannins are wrapped in an elegant structure that subtly occupies all corners of one’s palate. Intriguing, unusual and lingering.

2019 Ataraxia Serenity


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.


The fruit used to make this wine was sourced from radical and individual vineyards sites with one goal in mind – to have the confidence to “whisper” style through the true expression of these sites rather than “shout” brashness through winemaking excesses. This wine is a seamless blend of three varietals, Pinot noir, Cinsault and cool-climate Pinotage. However, the emphasis of this blend remains entirely on style rather than cultivar make-up. Cultivars are after all merely vehicles to express terroir and not the expression of a wine itself.

The different cultivars were handpicked, sorted and crushed into open fermenters. Here they each underwent cold maceration on their skins for seven to ten days before fermentation commenced. At completion of their ferment, each batch was pressed off separately to barrel where malolactic fermentation took place.

Alan's Personal Tasting Notes

"This is wonderful - how do you manage to get spice and strawberries in perfect balance in a wine?! Super smooth, complex but in a beguiling kind of way. Lots going on but very simple and focussed on delivery. Drinking perfectly now - love it! Would love to taste something this sensual when whale watching at Hermanus!" 16 December 2021


Year 2020
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar Pinot Noir, Cinsault, Pinotage
Country South Africa
Alcohol content
13.5% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 9.8 units
Type Red Blend
Cellaring Potential 5 to 10 years
Careful maturation in tight-grain French oak barriques, 21% of which were new, for a period of 11 months followed before the wine was blended and bottled in January 2018.
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Food Matches Beef and Venison
Origin WO Western Cape
Appellation Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge