Region: Hemel en Aarde Valley
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. Nestled on this commanding rise beneath the soaring BabylonsToren mountain range, their vineyards are planted on some of the most spectacular terroirs South Africa has to offer. It is a place where wines of incredible finesse, balance and depth are crafted, that proudly hold their own in the international arena.
Painstaking fruit selection and skilled wine making using reductive cellar techniques has resulted in Kevin Grant’s Sauvignon Blanc seamlessly incorporating the very best that the Old and New World styles have to offer. This wine favours individuality and minerality ahead of pure, pungent fruit, but still shows assertive spice, herbs, lemon zest, gooseberry and grassy aromas. These are effortlessly reflected on the palate and are complemented by a lively acidity which underpins a classy structure and texture, culminating in a wine of great poise, length and charm.
This beautifully crafted wine can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif or served with oyster, with a bit of freshly crushed black pepper and a dash of Tabasco.