Ataraxia Wines Walker Bay
Although a relatively new name in the Hemel en Aarde Valley with a maiden vintage in 2005 Ataraxia Mountain Vineyards is located just to the north east of HAMILTON RUSSELL and BOUCHARD FINLAYSON, it has emerged as one of the benchmarks for the area. In particular for a very stylish and so far a very well-priced Burgundian styled Chardonnay. The home vineyards are planted at altitude on the slopes of the Babylonstoren. Kevin Grant was the winemaker for Hamilton Russell and is following a similar style for his own Chardonnay. Fruit is sourced from a number of sites throughout the Cape and the wines currently take the Western Cape denomination, although the intention is to produce from the home terroir in time.
The Chardonnay comes from a number of cool sites in Elgin and Hemel en Aarde. The wine has a very subtle tropical fruit intensity and an excellent underlying structure from part new oak barrel-fermentation. The Sauvignon Blanc is a clean, fresh and zesty style with no recourse to wood. The Serenity red is an undisclosed blend with a rich and supple black fruits quality and mineral edge that should ensure it works very well with food. (DM)
To find out more about Ataraxia and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide to South Africa..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines. (DM)