2020 Chardonnay, Ataraxia, Hemel-En-Aarde, South Africa
Founded in 2004 by husband-and-wife team Kevin and Hanli Grant, Ataraxia produce some of the best small-volume Chardonnay in South Africa. Matured for 10 months in barrique this wonderful wine has a creamy texture and gentle hazelnut complexity that pervades the citrus and stone fruit core.
Perfect with roast chicken or creamy fish based dishes.
'Fermented in 22% new wood without malolactic, this is consistently one of the Cape's best Chardonnays, a wine that can rival a very good Côte de Beaune white Burgundy. Leesy, waxy and stylishly wooded with racy acidity and the concentration to age further in bottle. 2021-26.' – Tim Atkin MW, 94/100
Frequently rated in Decanters Best Chardonnays of the world (Outside Burgundy).
Joint Best White Wine Trophy Award winner in The Wine Merchants Top 100 in the UK. “Chiselled and focused it is intense yet subtle. Hints of warmed tropical fruits, gentle peach and vanilla.”