Cape Winemakers Guild

Ataraxia Under The Gavel Chardonnay 2021

100% Chardonnay

This forward looking “black” Chardonnay is sourced from a single, organically grown, cool, south-facing vineyard. It revives a centuries-old traditional Burgundian winemaking method now seldom used. Fruit is vigorously, even harshly worked; juice that is so excessively aerated that it turns to an ebony colour at the press; then a thorough, aerated pump-over before settling. Spontaneous fermentation occurred in custom ordered Burgundian barrels, followed by 10 months’ ageing before being bottled.

Tasting Notes: A pure articulation of Ataraxia’s “dirt”, this sublime wine effortlessly balances fruit intensity with mineral acidity. A touch of “grip” on a lingering finish deftly rounds off this stylish wine.

Drink now, and until at least 2030.

Estimate (6 bottles): R4 000 – R5 500

Winemaker: Kevin Grant

Price raised per case

  • 6 x 750ml or equivalent
  • Highest: R9 000
  • Lowest: R6 667
  • Average: R7 400


  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Case Size: 6 x 750ml
  • Cases Produced: 72
  • Cases Auctioned: 50


  • Alc: 13.5 vol%
  • RS: 2.9 g/l
  • TA: 6.6 g/l
  • pH: 3.37

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