Cool climate South African Red Blend from Ataraxia, Hemel-en-AardeCool climate South African Red Blend from Ataraxia, Hemel-en-Aarde

Ataraxia, Serenity 2018

The aim of Serenity is to dispel the unfair taboo around South Africa’s own red grape variety and to prove that Pinotage can be responsible for great wines.

A blend of Pinotage, Pinot Noir and Cinsault, this is a complex, smoky, grownup wine, bound to make the cynics think twice. Serenity seduces on an alluring fragrance of black fruit and spice with a hint of vanilla.

A truly, uniquely South African wine.

93pts | Tim Atkin

£23.00

In stock

Hemel-en-Aarde

Cape Blend, Red Blend

LightFull Bodied

Description

CULTIVARS
Pinot Noir, Pinotage, Cinsault

WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS
The only raison d’etre of any blend is to express a style of wine. The antithesis is to construct a wine that is a considered (or worse, random) concoction of few or many grape varieties with little or no desire to achieve a stylistic expression. Blends are expressions of “where from” rather than “what from”.

Ataraxia’s Serenity blend quietly exudes the confidence to whisper style through the expression of unique sites rather than shout brashness through winemaking excesses.

MEET THE WINEMAKER
Located in the Hemel-en-Aarde on petrified sand dunes, Ataraxia was founded in 2004 by husband and wife team Kevin and Hanli Grant. A former Zoologist, Kevin spent years getting to know the intricacies of Hemel-en-Aarde`s terroir as head winemaker of Hamilton Russel. Ataraxia is a deeply personal project for Kevin. along with some dear friends, he purchased 50 hectares of prime vineyard land in an exceptional landscape, known as `The Skyfields`. Nestled on this commanding rise beneath the soaring Babylons Toren mountain range, the vineyards are planted on some of the most spectacular terroir South Africa has to offer. It is a place where Pinot Noir and Chardonnay make their natural home, and where wines of incredible finesse, balance and depth are crafted, proudly holding their own in the international arena.

The name Ataraxia is “”a term used to describe emotional tranquillity”” explains Kevin. His approach to winemaking is minimalist and non-interventionist, geared to reflect a sense of place and expression of terroir. The Sauvignon Blanc favours minerality ahead of pure, pungent fruit, but still shows hints of passionfruit and citrus as well as green melon aromas. The Chardonnay is 100% barrel fermented and is Old World in style. It has been known to top the charts in many a South African Chardonnay tasting, and rightly so. a chiselled, focused wine that effortlessly manages to be both subtle and intense, it whispers hints of sun-warmed tropical fruits, gentle peach and vanilla.

The Pinot Noir is all class, and priorities savoury characters over fruitiness, but coming through on the finish with lovely sweet red cherry and plum skins. Serenity rounds off this fantastic four, and what a treat it is! Kevin has made this wine to represent ‘the Pinotage family tree’, and his intention is to dispell the unfair taboo around South Africa`s own red grape variety, and to prove that Pinotage can be responsible for great wines. A blend of around 50% Pinotage, 25% Pinot Noir and 25% Cinsault, this is a complex, smoky, grown-up wine, bound to make the cynics think twice before judging Pinotage unworthy again.

Additional information

Alcohol vol

13%

Grape

Cape Blend, Red Blend

Vintage

2018

Wine Farm

Pair with duck breast, garlic and herb pork or braised beef with a red wine sauce.

1 review for Ataraxia, Serenity 2018

  1. Tim Atkin | 93pts

    “An unusual, but increasingly complex cuvée of Pinotage, Pinot Noir and Cinsault – there’s no reason why they shouldn’t work well together – this combines the best features of all three varieties. Floral patisserie and red berry flavours marry appealingly with the 20% new wood, complemented by fine tannins and a harmonious finish. 2022-26”

    Tim Atkin 2020 SA Report

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