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Ataraxia • Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge • Kevin Grant

Ataraxia Pinot Noir 2015

Ataraxia Pinot NoirBlend: 100% Pinot Noir

The wine has an intriguing luminous hue that reflects rather than absorbs light. The svelte nose offers up a fine blend of red cherries, pomegranate, delicate forest floor and a hint of spice and new oak. On the palate the wine is sensual and embracing, with a captivating mid-palate depth, lovely transparency and excellent focus on a suavely tannic finish.

Despite a challenging season characterised by high and untimely rainfall, winemakers who were on top of their game, coaxed and nurtured fine quality wines from their grapes. The harvest commenced two weeks later than normal, due to late, cold winter conditions and a cooler spring. High rainfall mid-November and in January meant being extra vigilant in applying stricter disease control measures to limit losses from mildew. The grapes were picked by hand into small crates, and then sorted, destemmed and gently crushed at the cellar. A 10 day pre-fermentation cold soak period in open fermenters was followed by a temperature-controlled ferment, peaking at 28°C for a total cuvaison of 22 days. Gentle punching down the cap was done twice a day during alcoholic fermentation. The wine was then pressed and racked to carefully selected French oak barrels, 21% of which were new and where 100% malolactic fermentation occurred. The wine was aged in barrels for 11 months before being bottled.

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