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Ataraxia, Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa 2013

Ataraxia, Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa 2013

Lime and tropical fruit on nose and palate. Shows interesting complexity in the mouth with a crisp acid balance, some lees character, well-integrated oak, length and precision.
Price: £18-£25 Bancroft Wines, Bottle Apostle, Handford Wines, Majestic, Stone Vine & Sun, The Wine Library
Drink: 2015-2023
Alc: 13.5%

Kevin Grant spent 15 years working at some of South Africa’s top wine estates, including a long stint as winemaker at Hamilton Russell. In 2004 he struck out on his own, when he and some investment partners purchased a 50ha site, the highest in the Hemel-en-Aarde region, but still close to the ocean. Six hectares were planted to Chardonnay, and another 6ha to Pinot Noir. The soils for this wine are similar to those on which the Crystallum is grown: clay, with significant granite and shale content. The vineyard faces mostly south, ensuring a cool microclimate. The wine is barrel-fermented and aged in 28% new oak from Burgundian coopers; there is occasional lees-stirring and after nine months of ageing the wine is bottled. Beautiful purity and clarity.

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