Ataraxia is a boutique South African winery founded in 2004. In partnership with a few friends husband and wife team Kevin and Hanli purchased 50 hectares of prime vineyard land. Ataraxia is situated in unique landscape, known as The Skyfields – lying as it does on the most elevated section of the Hemel-en-Aarde area. Nestled on this commanding rise beneath the soaring BabylonsToren mountain range, the vineyards are planted on some of the most spectacular terroir South Africa has to offer. It is a place where wines of incredible finesse, balance and depth are crafted – proudly holding their own in the international arena.
The name ATARAXIA is “a term used to describe emotional tranquillity” explains Kevin, “or in more expanded terms, the freedom from disturbance that characterises a balanced mind and constitutes its first step towards the achievement of pleasure. It’s really about conveying the very essence of what drinking good wine does for us and not to us as human beings.”
Kevin Grant is a pioneer winemaker in South Africa, whose wines offer a minimalist, non-interventionist winemaking approach, geared to reflect sense of place and expression of terroir. The Sauvignon Blanc favours individuality and minerality ahead of pure, pungent fruit, but still shows hints of passion fruit and citrus as well as green melon aromas; the Chardonnay is 100% barrel fermented; is New World in provenance but Old World in stylistic leaning. A chiselled, focussed wine that effortlessly manages to be both subtle and intense. The Serenity – a mystery red blend is the product of one of the Cape’s finest vintages of the decade. Ethereal, yet assertive; classic and lingering, it reflects the grasp of style and deft hand of its maker.
“it’s the small-scale producers who bring colour and personality to the industry. It’s also what keeps me coming back to the Cape. Names to look out for include[...] Ataraxia...”
Ataraxia Chardonnay 2013
Ataraxia Sauvigon Blanc 2013