Ataraxia Chardonnay, Hemel-en-AardeAtaraxia
Country : South Africa
Grape : Chardonnay
Beautifully balanced oaked Chardonnay, with a rich, creamy texture, ripe fruit and perfectly integrated spicy oak. A fresh, citrussy finish lifts the wine and brings minerality and elegance.
Tasting Note : Warm notes of stone fruits and toast on the nose. The palate is textured and creamy, with subtle buttery flavours, spicy oak and a fresh, crisp, seam of minerality throughout. Wonderful length of finish.
Food Pairing : Oven roasted monkfish; guineaufowl; cod in creamy sauce; lobster thermidor; pasta with creamy mushroom sauce.
More info : A stylish and elegant Chardonnay from vineyards planted 400m above sea level. 100% barrel fermentation and 10 months ageing in small French oak barriques bring an added complexity to this already intriguing wine. The clay-rich Bokkeveld Shale soils and maritime climate give this wine a character all of its own. Winemaker, Kevin Grant, believes the sophisticated salinity of the wine is a reflection of the nearby ocean and mineral-rich soils.
Winery : Co-owner, viticulturist and winemaker, Kevin Grant, states that 'our mission is to get our dirt into the bottle with minimum intervention'. Kevin and wife Hanli bought this 47-hectare estate in 2004. They were attracted by the unique terroir of the area, the lofty altitude of the vineyards and their location in the Southernmost tip of the Cape, allowing the cultivation of grape varieties which thrive in a cooler climate. Grape varieties are matched to the individual soil types, with most of the vineyards on cool, south-facing slopes. For Kevin it's all about the terroir, and this comes through in these unique, mineral, elegantly balanced wines.