Ataraxia releases 5th chardonnay vintage

Date posted:
January 11, 2011

Ataraxia, the celebrated wine estate in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus where Kevin Grant produces exquisite wines that reflect the terroir from which they are born, has released its 2009 Chardonnay to celebrate summer in particular and life in general.


The 2009 vintage is the 5th to be released and follows Ataraxia’s two Platter 5-star Chardonnays from the 2007 and 2008 vintages.


Voted as one of Decanter Magazine’s Top 10 New World Chardonnay producers, Ataraxia has quickly established itself as one of South Africa’s best chardonnay producers and together with other chardonnay producers from the area has established the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley as undisputably the best chardonnay growing area in South Africa.


The 2009 vintage was a particularly cool one – this being reflected in the tight, chiselled, athletic style of the Ataraxia Chardonnay 2009. It shows beautiful fruit/wood integration and has a persistent finish … as long as from Cape Town to Cairo!


Exploiting the 14 soils derived from the ancient Bokkeveld shale group, all characterised by their low vigour and clay-rich, stony structures, owners Kevin and Hanli Grant strive to produce wines that reflect more the sites and terroirs than the actual cultivar the wine is made from. As a result, all three the wines in the Ataraxia range have a sense of place that transcend the potentially restrictive boundaries of grape characteristics.


This exceptional wine sells for R175. More information can be found on



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