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Ataraxia Serenity 2016

Ataraxia Serenity Red BlendBlend: Shiraz Based

Despite an unusually challenging vintage, the Serenity 2011 has embraced these challenges with grace and aplomb. A finely scented, vibrant nose with dark berry fruit and intriguing mineral and spicy notes characterise this wine. Mouth-watering and deeply ripe and polished grape tannins are wrapped in an elegant structure that subtly occupies all corners of ones palate. Assertive, classic and lingering, it reflects the grasp of style and deft hand of its maker.

The fruit used to make this wine was sourced from radical and individual vineyards sites with one goal in mind – to have the confidence to “whisper” style through the true expression of these sites rather than “shout” brashness through winemaking excesses. This Shiraz-based wine is a seamless blend of three classic Rhone varietals and because the emphasis is more on style than cultivar make-up, the remaining two are unnamed. Cultivars are after all merely vehicles to express terroir and not the expression of a wine itself. Consequently this wine continues to define the style introduced by the maiden 2005 vintage which has been embraced by wine aficionados all over the world. The grapes were handpicked, sorted and crushed into open fermenters. Here they underwent cold maceration on their skins for seven days before completing fermentation and being pressed off to barrel where malolactic fermentation took place. Careful maturation in tightgrain French oak barriques, 26% of which were new, for a period of 18 months followed before the wine was bottled in December 2012. A further resting period of 36 months in bottle followed before deemed ready for release in December 2015.

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