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Ataraxia Under The Gavel Chardonnay 2018

Once again sourced from a single, cool, south-facing vineyard on The Sky elds, home to
Ataraxia, located in the Hemel-en-Aarde outside the Atlantic coastal town of Hermanus.
Painstaking fruit selection at harvest was followed by an extreme non-interventionist
winemaking approach. Fermented entirely in small, tight-grain French oak barrels, custom
ordered from selected Burgundian coopers, this wine was barrel aged for a further nine
months before being bottled.

Auction Year: 2019

Ataraxia Under The Gavel Chardonnay 2017

Once again, sourced from a single south-facing vineyard on The Skyfields, home to Ataraxia, located in the Hemel-en-Aarde outside the Atlantic coastal town of Hermanus. Fruit selection at harvest was painstaking, followed by an extreme non-interventionist winemaking approach. Fermented in small, tight-grained French oak barrels, custom ordered from selected Burgundian coopers, this wine was quietly barrel aged for afurther nine months before beingbottled.

Auction Year: 2018

Ataraxia Under The Gravel Chardonnay 2016

Sourced from a single south-facing vineyard on The Skyfi elds, home to Ataraxia in the
Hemel-en-Aarde located outside the coastal town of Hermanus. Painstaking fruit selection
was followed by a non-interventionist winemaking approach. Fermented in small, tightgrained
French oak barriques, custom ordered from very specifi c Burgundian coopers, this
wine was barrel aged for a further 10 months before being bottled.

Auction Year: 2017

Ataraxia Under The Gavel Chardonnay 2015

Sourced from a single south-facing vineyard on The Skyfields, home to Ataraxia in the
Hemel-en-Aarde located outside the coastal village of Hermanus. Painstaking fruit selection
was followed by an extreme non-interventionist winemaking approach. Fermented in small,
tight-grain French oak barriques, custom ordered from very specific Burgundian coopers,
this wine was barrel aged for a further 9 months before being bottled.

Auction Year: 2016

Ataraxia Under The Gavel Chardonnay 2014

Sourced from a single south-facing vineyard on The Skyfields, home to Ataraxia in the
Hemel-en-Aarde outside Hermanus. Intensely interventionist fruit selection was followed
by an extremely non-interventionist winemaking approach. Fermented in small, tight-grain
French oak barriques, custom ordered from very specific Burgundian coopers, this wine
was barrel aged for a further 9 months before being bottled.

Auction Year: 2015

Ataraxia Under The Gavel Chardonnay 2013

Made from grapes sourced from a single south-facing vineyard on The Skyfields, home to Ataraxia in the Hemel-en-Aarde outside Hermanus. Intensely interventionist fruit selection was followed by an extremely non-interventionist winemaking approach. Fermented in small, tight grain French oak barriques, custom ordered from very specific Burgundian coopers, it was barrel aged for a further 9 months before being bottled. Tasting Notes: This wine is The Skyfields terroir in a bottle! It expresses the ancient soils and maritime influenced meso-climate of this specific vineyard. Reflecting the very best of New Word and Old World styles, the wine is signatured by minerality and effortlessly manages to be both subtle and intense. A complex, classy and pedigreed Chardonnay.

Auction Year: 2014

Ataraxia Under The Gavel Chardonnay 2012

Sourced from a single south-facing vineyard on The Skyfields, home to Ataraxia in the Hemel-en-Aarde outside Hermanus. Intensely interventionist fruit selection was followed by an extremely non-interventionist winemaking approach. Fermented in small French tight-grain oak barriques, custom ordered from very specific Burgundian coopers, this wine was barrel aged for a further 10 months before being bottled. Tasting Notes: This wine is The Skyfields terroir in a bottle. It expresses the ancient soils and maritime influenced meso-climate of this specific vineyard. Reflecting the very best that both the New World and Old World styles have to offer, the wine is signatured by minerality, and effortlessly manages to be both subtle and intense on bouquet and palate. Complex, classy and pedigreed.

Auction Year: 2013

Ataraxia Under the Gavel Chardonnay 2011

Sourced from a single south-facing vineyard on The Skyfields, home to Ataraxia in the Hemelen-Aarde outside Hermanus. Intensely interventionist fruit selection was followed by an extreme non-interventionist winemaking approach. Fermented in small French oak barriques, custom ordered from very specific Burgundian coopers, this wine was barrel aged for a further 9 months before being bottled. Tasting Notes: This wine reflects both the ancient soils and the heavily moderating maritime meso-climate of The Skyfields terroir. Although New World in provenance, it is decidedly Old World in stylistic leaning. Signatured by minerality, it effortlessly manages to be both subtle and intense on nose and palate. A complex wine which shows both class and pedigree.

Auction Year: 2012

Ataraxia Chardonnay 2010

Sourced from a singularly unique vineyard site in the upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Intensely interventionist fruit selection was followed by an extreme non-interventionist winemaking approach. This wine was 100% fermented and matured in French oak barrels personally sourced from selected coopers in the Burgundy region of France. Fortnightly battonage was employed throughout the 9 month maturation period before the wine was carefully prepared for bottling. Tasting note: Made as a ?vin de terroir?, this wine reflects both the ancient soils and the heavily moderating maritime influenced meso-climate in which the vines grow and the fruit ripens. The result is a wine that reflects its New World provenance yet is Old World in stylistic leaning. Signatured by minerality, it effortlessly manages to be both subtle and intense on the nose and the palate. Classy and complex. Drink now and for the next 7 to 10 years.

Auction Year: 2011

Ataraxia Chardonnay 2008

Winemaking Notes The grapes used to create this wine were sourced from the same two vineyard sites along the R320, Hemel-en-Aarde, as all the previous Ataraxia CWG Auction Chardonnay wines. Intensely interventionist fruit selection was followed by an extreme non-interventionist winemaking approach. This wine was 100% fermented and matured in French oak barrels personally sourced from selected coopers in the Burgundy region of France. Fortnightly batonage was employed throughout the 10 month maturation period before the wine was carefully prepared for bottling. Tasting Notes Made as a \vin de terroir\ this wine reflects both the ancient soils and the heavily moderating maritime influenced mesoclimate in which the vines grow and the fruit ripens. The result is a wine that reflects its New World provenance yet is Old World in stylistic leaning. Signatured by minerality it effortlessly manages to be both subtle and intense on the nose and the palate. Classy and complex.

Auction Year: 2009

Ataraxia Chardonnay 2007

Sourced from the same two vineyard sites along the R320, Hemel-en-Aarde as the Ataraxia CWG Chardonnay 2006 which, at last year's CWG Auction, achieved the highest price for a case of white wine in the Auction's history. Painstaking, interventionist fruit selection was followed by a minimalist, non-interventionist winemaking approach. This wine was 100% fermented and matured in French oak barrels (42% of which were new) made by personally selected coopers located solely in the Burgundy region of France. Fortnightly battonage was employed throughout the 10 month maturation period, during which time only partial malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place before being prepared for bottling.

Auction Year: 2008

Ataraxia Chardonnay 2006

This wine is the product of two individual and unique vineyard sites situated along the R320, Hemel-en-Aarde. Soils from these sites are derived from well-drained Table Mountain sandstone which overlay intrusions of clay rich shale from the bokkeveld group. Because of the cool climate that exists in this valley, the grapes were required to hang long on the vine in order to reach optimum ripeness. Picked during the early hours of the morning in the first week of March 2006, the grapes were rushed to the celler to ensure that all the exciting fruit flavours were preserved and reflected in this wine. Tasting Notes A minimalist, non-interventionist winemaking approach was adopted. It is 100% barrel fermented and carefully matured in specially selected small French oak barriques sourced exclusively from Burgundian coopers. Fortnightly B?tonnage was employed throughout the 10 month maturation period. The result is a Chardonnay that is New World in provenance but Old Word in stylistic leaning. A chiselled, focused wine that effortlessly manages to be both subtle and intense. It has a core of fiercely expressive grapefruit, white flowers, pear and grilled almond aromas and flavours. The palate is penetrating and enduring yet remains graceful and poised. A bright acidity and soil-derived minerality adds to the classic length and complexity of this stylish, classy chardonnay

Auction Year: 2007