Ataraxia Chardonnay Hemel-en-Aarde 2015, South Africa

Customer Score: 100/100

An Ataraxia white wine

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*Rated 'outstanding' 96 Points by Decanter Magazine, April 2017 Issue*


A minimalist, non-interventionist winemaking approach was adopted by Kevin Grant when producing this exceptional wine. After leaving the Hamilton-Russell estate Kevin set up on his own in 2004, purchasing a 50ha site close to the ocean and high up in the Hemal-en-Aarde region. This Chardonnay is 100% barrel fermented and carefully matured in specially selected small French oak barriques sourced exclusively from Burgundian coopers. Occasional batonnage was employed throughout the 9 month maturation period. The result is a Chardonnay that is New World in provenance but Old World in stylistic leaning. A chiselled, focussed wine that effortlessly manages to be both subtle and intense.


It 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. Drink 2017-2024.

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Country South Africa
Region Overberg
Class Hemel-en-Aarde
Grape Chardonnay
Volume 75cl
Style Balanced and Creamy
ABV 13.5%
  • 96Decanter Stars
  • 100 Slurper Rating

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