Region: Walker Bay
Ataraxia was founded in 2004. Husband and wife team, Kevin and Hanli, in partnership with a few friends, purchased 50 hectares of prime vineyard land. The landscape in which Ataraxia is situated, called The Skyfields is unique, lying as it does on the most elevated section of the Hemel-en-Aarde area. Our vineyards are planted on some of the most spectacular terroirs South Africa has to offer.
Chardonnay is a grape variety that Kevin has been romanced by for more than 20 years, and the love affair deepens with each passing vintage! “To my mind Chardonnay is the complete white grape variety. Although it demands respect, attention to detail, a comprehensive understanding of the terroir and an intuitive flair, the wine gives of itself so completely when you get everything right that it’s hard not to be totally in awed by it. It makes the consummate white wine. “Life without Chardonnay is like not being able to breathe! The style Ataraxia pursues has as its foundation the expression of place in a wine of profound balance, elegance, finesse and texture – all of which are hallmarks of the great and classic wines of the World.” Called a “stunning French Burgundy-styled Chardonnay”, this style of wine has redefined Chardonnay to new levels of sophistication.
A chiselled, focussed wine that effortlessly manages to be both subtle & intense. At its core is a piercing expression of grapefruit, white peach, ripe pear & grilled hazelnut aromas & flavours. The palate is penetrating & profound yet graceful & poised. A forceful mineral aciditiy is beautifully balanced by a subtle yet compelling intensity of fruit. A classic length, creaminess & intriguing complexity define this stylish Chardonnay.