In Ataraxia's words:
"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, we are associated with crafting wines of incredible finesse, balance and depth; wines that proudly hold their own on the international wine stage."
The 2015 vintage
was very popular with customers (and me!) and I have just 1 bottle left... This new vintage however is equally spectacular, a top quality Chardonnay with complex flavours of fruit plus flinty minerality and a lovely creamy texture.
Full tasting notes coming soon.
Read also what the producer says below.
If you would like a case of 12 bottles of this wine to take advantage of the 5% multi-buy discount, just order 12 bottles of the 2016 vintage and I will email you to ask if you want all 2016 or a mix of the 2 vintages. You can of course order fewer than 12 (or 6 bottles) of any wine if you prefer a mixed case.
Like many Chardonnays this wine will work well with richer dishes such as foie gras, chicken, ham, pork or veal in creamy sauces, parmesan cheese, mushrooms and truffles. But it is light enough not to overpower lighter dishes such as fish, seafood and chicken
"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.
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."