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South Africa, Western Cape region

Ataraxia Mountain Vineyards

Ataraxia Chardonnay 2009

Ataraxia Chardonnay 2009 outstanding

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

93 pts Wine Advocate August 2011
Better is the outstanding 2009 Chardonnay that is sourced from Hemel-en-Aarde and Elgin and aged for 10 months in 225-liter French oak with 34% new (the rest 2nd fill). The nose is beautifully defined with scents of melon, honeysuckle and white peach with just a hint of creme patissiere. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry with subtle almond and hazelnut. It has wonderfully integrated vanilla-tinged oak and a tense, mineral-rich finish that is Corton-Charlemagne in all but name and price. This is one of South Africa’s benchmark Chardonnays. Drink now-2018+
91(+?)pts Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 2011
Full yellow-gold. Complex, inviting aromas of peach nectar, apricot and ginger, along with a sexy leesy quality. Spicy, vibrant and penetrating, with intense stone fruit, citrus and vanillin oak flavors carrying through to the long, bright finish. This youthful, ageworthy chardonnay offers a lovely combination of silky, almost glyceral texture and inner-palate energy, with firm minerality suggesting it will unwind nicely with some cellar time.

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