Ataraxia, Serenity 2020
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.
Cape Blend, Red Blend
Alcohol = 13.78 vol % Res Sugar = 2.7 g/l Total Acidity = 5.6 g/l pH = 3.49
Barrel Ageing = 11 months in 225L French oak barrels Wood Age = 20% New; 80% 2
Cases produced: 2244 x 12 Bottled: 20
Great season! Remarkable wines! Vintage 2020 will be remembered for its harmony and
consistency. Smaller in size than the five-year average and two weeks earlier than usual, it
produced fruit with small berries and unusually concentrated flavours. A moderate summer
allowed each grapes variety to fully complete its individual ripening journey. The wines
produced have an engaging freshness, substantial depth, and enviable refinement.
Fruit was sourced from carefully selected vineyard sites with one goal in mind – to create a
style of wine that charms and seduces. Serenity is a seamless blend of three varietals, Pinot
noir, Cinsault and Pinotage (a family tree of the two parent varietals and progeny) – an
interpretation of something authentically South African. As always, the emphasis of this blend
remains entirely on style rather than cultivar make-up. Cultivars are merely vehicles to
express terroir and not the expression of a wine itself.
All cultivars were handpicked, sorted, and crushed into open fermenters. Here they each
underwent cold maceration on their skins for seven to ten days before fermentation
commenced. At completion of their ferment, each batch was pressed off separately to barrels
where malolactic fermentation took place. Careful maturation in tight-grain French oak
barriques, 20% of which were new, for a period of 11 months followed before the wine was
blended and bottled in January 2021.
This wine has the confidence to “whisper” style rather than “shout” brashness through the
winemaking excesses of fruit ripeness, extraction in the cellar or an overtly strident use of
new oak barrels. It celebrates the virtues of restraint, poise, and tension, promising to
Cape Blend, Red Blend
Pair with duck breast, garlic and herb pork or braised beef with a red wine sauce.