2017 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.
'Using vineyards that go up to 399 metres - some of the highest in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley - this estate Chardonnay is consistently excellent. Made without malolactic because of the heat of the vintage, it’s bready, leesy and refreshing, with Puligny-Montrachet-like elegance and beautifully weighted oak. 2019-25.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 95/100
Frequently rated in Decanters Best Chardonnays of the world (Outside Burgundy).