limited stock Ataraxia

Chardonnay

standard courier: 3 working days

Sold by: LKW Distributors

R 250

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Cultivar:

100% Chardonnay

Country:

South Africa

Rating:

96 Points - Tim Atkin

Specifications:

13.50% alc vol Sugar g/l: 2.71
Type: White Wine Cellaring Potential: 8 to 10 yrs
Origin: Hemel En Aarde Valley Appellation: Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge

Tasting Notes:

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

Grapefruit
Grapefruit

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Peach

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Pear

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Hazelnut

This hand crafted wine is the product of some truly unique, extreme and radical vineyard sites situated exclusively in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge wine ward, close to the fishing village of Hermanus. Soils from these sites are derived from the Bokkeveld shale group, which are characteristically low-vigour, clay-rich and stony. Because of the cool maritime climate that exists here, the grapes have a long hang time which affords them the opportunity to fully complete their ripening journey.

There are fourteen soil types on Ataraxia derived from the deposits of Table Mountain Sandstone, Cape Granite and Bokkeveld Shale. Collectively, these deposits make up the geology of the Hemel-en-Aarde area and can be traced back more than 1000 million years. This means we have the privilege of cultivating some of the most ancient soils on Earth.

As has become the norm in crafting Ataraxia Chardonnay, a minimalist, non-interventionist winemaking approach, geared to reflect sense of place and expression of terroir, was adopted. This wine is 100% barrel fermented and carefully matured in specially selected small French oak barriques sourced exclusively from Burgundian coopers. Fortnightly batonnage was employed throughout the 9 month maturation period.

9 months in French Oak

Food pairing

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